Stefan Marianski Presents Freud

Stefan Marianski Presents Freud

On Tuesday, the Lower Sixth Psychology pupils had the opportunity to meet Stefan Marianski, an author and practicing psychoanalyst from The Freud Museum in London. Sigmund Freud and his contributions to psychoanalysis were pivotal to the field of psychology in the first half of the twentieth century. Although contemporary psychologists often regard Freud’s ideas as outdated and primarily teach his work from a historical standpoint, Stefan presented a compelling case for Freud’s relevance in today’s society.

Stefan delved into the rationale behind some of Freud’s more controversial theories, such as psychosexual development and the Oedipus complex, providing examples to elucidate the principles of psychoanalytic therapy. In his current role, Stefan works as a clinical psychoanalyst with patients experiencing psychosis, including schizophrenia. He demonstrated how psychoanalysis can alleviate the anxiety associated with delusions and hallucinations.

The Lower Sixth pupils posed insightful questions, challenging Stefan to address criticisms that Freud’s theories lack falsifiability and do not meet scientific criteria and probing into some of Freud’s more enigmatic beliefs. While Stefan may not have converted the Lower Sixth pupils into neo-Freudians, he certainly encouraged them to reconsider Freud’s ideas and appreciate his profound impact on Western contemporary thought.

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