Our third case of the week provides a very interesting insight into the commonalities between family therapy and psychoanalysis by reconsidering Freud’s Dora case.
In both therapeutic approaches, the symptoms of Dora are perceived as functional. From a family therapy perspective, Dora’s illness serves as a homeostasis as it holds two disturbed fractured families together. Freud considered his analysis a failure. From a systemic point of view however, it was a partial success.
The case study is inspiring as it explains how systemic concepts such as homeostasis, intergenerational boundaries or family life-cycle are linked to important psychoanalytic concepts such as resistance, Oedipus complex or developmental arrest.
Here you can find the link to the case in our Archive (registration is required):
The SCA team
Dora , family therapy , psychoanalysis, homeostasis,
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