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aims

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freud wanted to provide evidence for the oedipus complex so he used hans who had a severe phobia of horses after seeing one collapse in the street to see if his behaviour fitted the theory

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method

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freud didn’t study the young boy directly but exchanged letters with the boys dad discussing the boys behaviour, in particular his phobia of horses

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the three dreams

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married to his mother with their own family, a crumpled giraffe was squashed by a larger giraffe, a plumber came to the house and removed the boys penis replacing it with a larger one

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the mother dream

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interpreted as showing his romantic desire for his mother

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the giraffe dream

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the giraffes represented the boys parents and illustrated his fear and hostility towards his father

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the plumber dream

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interpreted as the boys desire to be a grown up man and marry his mother

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evaluation

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freud and hans’ dad could have distorted evidence to fit the theory, in adulthood hans had no recollection of the dream or fearing horses, it is hard to generalise from one patient in a case study