How accepted is Freuds case study of Little Hans and the Oedipus complex?
The scientific method and benefits that come with it (causality, reducing bias, random sampling) generally don’t apply to early psychological theories like those developed by Freud, Jung, Horney and psychoanalytic contemporaries. Just because something isn’t scientific doesn’t make it false, though (just ask philosophy!). In contemporary research psychology, VERY different methods are used for studies that account for various problems like individual differences. However, a lot of Freudian ideas are well-supported in experimental social psychology (they even started using the word “ego” again in the late 1990s and no one complained too loudly). Popular theories go in waves (like “the psychoanalytic approach”). I’m sure you’ll read next about Ivan Pavlov, John Watson, BF Skinner and behaviorism. It was the new big thing and was especially popular in America 1930-1960… but the few examples taught nowadays seem as out-of-touch as Freud’s case studies. Humanistic psychology tried to fill