What is Psychoanalytic Theory?

Psychoanalytic theory was developed by pioneering psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud, and posits that a person can be cured of mental disease by analyzing the person’s psyche and finding the root of his or her mental trauma. Psychotherapy has developed since Freud’s time into a formidable means of dealing with mental and emotional trauma. Of course, it has changed a lot since Freud’s time, and modern psychoanalysts tend to laugh at outdated, sexist notions, such as that women feel inherently inferior to men because of penis envy.