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UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON

EXAMINATION FOR INTERNAL STUDENTS


MODULE CODE:        PSYCGT12

ASSESSMENT
PATTERN:            PSYCGT12

MODULE NAME:        Core Psychoanalytic Theory


DATE:               22-JUN-11

TIME:               12:00

TIME ALLOWED:       2 HOURS 0 MINUTES



Seminar Series covered:     Contemporary Clinical Theory
                            Sexuality
                            Hysteria and Psychosomatic Disorders
                            Trauma
                            Dreams




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Answer any TWO questions from TWO SEPARATE seminar series:


Contemporary Clinical Theory

1)     Outline some different theories of transference and their influence on clinical
technique.

2)       The analyst’s technique is centrally influenced by his or her theory. Discuss this
with reference to the relative emphasis different analysts give to the role of the patient’s
history in analytic treatment.


Sexuality

3)      Discuss how Freud’s views on the Oedipus complex were modified throughout
his work and discuss the implications of these modifications for an understanding of
sexuality in the development of boys and girls.

4)      In 1935 Freud stated “I object to all of you (Horney, Jones, Rado, etc.) to the
extent that you do not distinguish more clearly between what is psychic and what is
biological, that you try to establish a neat parallelism between the two… we must keep
psychoanalysis separate from biology just as we have kept it separate from anatomy and
physiology” (Freud, 1935). What do you think he meant? How would you compare
Freud’s views with those of Klein and Chasseguet-Smirgel?


Hysteria and Psychosomatic Disorders


5)     Do you consider it useful to maintain a theoretical distinction between hysterical
somatic conditions and psychosomatic conditions?

6)      There are differing psychoanalytic theories to account for the 'puzzling leap from
the mental to the physical' as Freud initially described it. Please describe two or more
from the literature you have read and indicate whether you believe a drive or object
relations based perspective is most helpful in understanding psychosomatic and/or
hysterical disorders.



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Trauma

7)    Discuss Freud's changing views of the role of external trauma in the formation of
psychopathology, and critically contrast his views with those of another major
psychoanalytic theorist of your choice.

8)    What does the Lacanian concept of Symbolic bring to the understanding of the
psychopathology of traumatic events?



Dreams

9)      Freud seemed not to regard the process of dream construction as a creative act and
thus did not treat its product, the manifest dream, as a work of art in any sense of the
term. Critically discuss, in relation to at least two texts, how later analysts rethought or
revised this view.

10)     How have post-Freudian developments in the theory and practice of dream
analysis advanced psychoanalytic understanding of mental illness? Do the dreams of
patients provide insight into the nature of their particular pathologies? Refer to at least
two of the readings in your answer.




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