What is Psychoanalysis?Edit
Psychoanalysis is a field of psychotherapy that began with the work of Sigmund Freud at the end of the nineteenth century. At its inception the practice of psychoanalytic psychotherapy went against the grain of existing though and drew substantial criticism Freud's way. In his 1914 paper On the History of the Psychoanalytic Movement Freud states that for some ten years he was the sole contributor to the study of psychoanalysis before such people as Carl Jung, Karl Abraham and Otto Rank began to expand the field of thought.
The history of the movement has frequently been plagued by misinterpretation and debate with many of the original analysts falling out with Freud and going on to form their own fields of study. Many forms of psychotherapy owe their origins to these splits within psychoanalysis and as a result it remains an important field of study to this day.
Within this wiki all definitions relate to the work of Freud unless expressly stated otherwise.