psychoanalysis research topics

1. A Character Analysis of Deborah.

Desc: This 3-page undergraduate paper applies the theories of Freud, Skinner, Maslow, Kelly, and Horney to the experiences of Deborah in I Never Promised You a Rose Garden.

2. A Psychological Examination of The Novel The God of Small Things .

Desc: The God Of Small Things", a Booker Prize winning novel by Arundhati Roy, is a tragic story that renders rich psychological insights into the effects of India's political and social problems on an everyday family in their everyday lives; and illustrates in a powerful fashion the ways in which these problems can destroy both rich and poor people alike. This paper attempts to interpret the multitude of psychological meanings in The God of Small Things. This novel is an almost infinite goldmine of opportunities for psychoanalytical investigation. 15 pgs. 17 f/c. 8b.

3. A Reflection on Jung, Fairy Tale Interpretation, and Little Red Cap.

Desc: This paper is written as a reflection on Jung's Fairy Tale Interpretation and Little Red Cap. Mario Jacoby's paper on C.G. Jung and the interpretation of fairy tales stresses that both Freud and Jung, early on, explored fairy tales as part of their study, with Jung noting how human fantasy as found in fairy tales was a reflection of human creative potential. (pp. 4-5).

4. An Analysis of War Veterans and the American Mental Health Care System in the Film: One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest by Milos Forman

Desc: This paper will seek to understand an analysis of war veterans and the American mental health care system in the film: One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest by Milos Forman. In this manner, we can see how R.P. McMurphy, the main hero in the film, presents a counterculture view on the pre-Post Traumatic Stress Disorder cruelties that existed in the American health care system of the early sixties.

5. An Argument against a One World Soul using Aquinas' 76th Question of the Summa Theologica as a model.

Desc: St. Thomas Aquinas, in question 76 of the Summa Theologica, argues for and convinces the reader of the existence of one universal intellect. Our modern translation of this might be Jung's description of archetypal knowledge. When the argument is dissected, it is difficult to refute the idea that all of humanity shares enough commonalities of temperament, instinct, desire and need that the reality of a universal intellect, a shared oneness, is not hard to accept. There is enough of a commonality of human experience that, separate from religion or any other delimiting factor, we can readily see that, independent of God, humanity universally prefers some things to others (pleasure to pain, comfort to discomfort, satiety to hunger, security to danger). These are representatives of our inner innate drives and exist whether we perceive a single unifying God, multiple Gods, or no God at all. The fact that the Atheist and the Catholic both prefer the same things mentioned above indicates that the intellect is separate from the soul and from God. The argument over the existence of a universal Soul, however, takes on a much different element. There are three arguments for the existence of a universal soul, and there are three counter arguments which will, it is hoped, demonstrate that unlike a universal intellect, each person maintains their own individual and wholly unique soul. The question, then, being pondered is, whether the soul is multiplied according to the number of bodies.

6. Attachment Theory and its Implications.

Desc: This graduate level psychology paper discusses the Freudian origins of attachment theory, which attempts to explain the basis for human relationships as being dependent upon cues received in infancy. It concludes that while the theory has some merits, it is not as yet effective for psychological interventions. 5 pgs. Bibliography lists 6 sources.