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[Freud's Quotes on What is Psychoanalysis]

Psychoanalysis is the name (1) of a procedure for the investigation of mental processes which are almost inaccessible in any other way, (2) of a method (based upon that investigation) for the treatment of neurotic disorders and (3) of a collection of psychological information obtained along those lines, which is gradually being accumulated into a new scientific discipline. (From Two Enciclopaedia Articles, 1923)

Psychoanalysis may be said to have been born with the twentieth century; for the publication in which it emerged before the world as something new - my Interpretation of Dreams - bears the date "1900". But, as may well be supposed, it did not drop from the skies ready-made. It had its starting-point in older ideas, which it developed further; it sprang from earlier suggestions, which it elaborated. (From A Short Account of Psychoanalysis, 1924)

Freud […] made an alteration in their technique, by replacing hypnosis by the method of free association. He invented the term "psychoanalysis". (From Psychoanalysis, 1926).

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