Course overview

Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung and those that followed them have, in their very different ways, changed the way we think about ourselves, morality, life and love. This course will also look at some of the most influential ideas from Alfred Adler, Eric Erickson, Wilhelm Reich, Viktor Frankl and Erich Fromm. All have influenced our view of human nature, even if we don’t realise it. This is an introductory course, and no previous experience of Psychology is needed.

Course description

Each session will introduce and discus a different set of key ideas: -

· Freud and his ideas about the Unconscious. How its nature is revealed through dreams and slips of the tongue. How we project ourselves from this unconscious through defence mechanisms such as denial and repression.

· Freud’s theory of Personality; how our early childhood experiences make us the men or women we are today. The effects of too much or too little time on the breast, the trauma of potty training and other long forgotten traumatic memories.

· Introducing Jung, his ideas on Introverts and Extraverts and his falling out with Freud. Jung’s types of personality, the role of the shadow, archetypes and the collective Unconscious

· Carl Jung on the integration of our unconscious and conscious selves. Plus his ideas on alchemy, art, madness, Hitler and flying saucers!

· Alfred Adler on the Inferiority Complex and the role of power. How Adler fell out with both Freud and Jung.

· Karen Horney and the feminist challenge. An early feminist response to Freud’s ideas and the first to talk about self-actualisation.

· Erik Erikson and the Identity Crises and how happiness depends on the way we negotiate conflict.

· Wilhelm Reich and the importance of the Orgasm and how to concentrate life energy to make it rain.

· Viktor Frankl on humanities search for meaning, in the face of desolation.

· Eric Fromm and the fear of freedom, love, freedom and the liberating potential of Psychology.

No previous knowledge of these topics is assumed or required. No required reading or homework but loads of optional online activities and follow up materials for those want more.

Expect controversy, lively discussion, some outrageous ideas and a touch of humour.

What financial support is available?

We don't want anything to stand in your way when it comes to bringing Adult learning within reach so if you need anything to support you to achieve your goals then speak to one of our education experts during your enrolment journey. Most of our courses are government funded but if you don't qualify or need alternative financial help to access them then let us know.

What other support is available?

All of our digital content, teaching and learning activities and assessments are designed to be accessible so if you need any additional support you can discuss this with the education experts during your enrolment journey and we will do all we can to make sure you have optimal access.

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