Essay about Anna Freud: A True Child Advocate

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“Energy cannot be created, nor can energy be destroyed.” …Guggenheim, E. A., (1965) In terms of contribution to service for children in light of the Holocaust, the second law of thermodynamics and the indestructible nature of energy may be applied to the life and work of Anna Freud. Many accounts of Anna Freud’s childhood describe a pastoral childhood in the home of the founder of modern psychoanalysis. According to Young-Bruehl, (1994) Anna Freud was one of six children born to Sigmund and Martha Freud. Young-Bruehl, (1994) Anna was said to have had moderate difficulties as a child in her early school years, until she entered private school. (Edgcumbe, 2000) In the summer of 1915, Anna Freud established …show more content…
(Dyer, 1983) From all accounts reviewed by this author, Anna appeared undaunted in efforts to apply her passion for teaching to any available avenue that she could access at that time despite a difficult recovery process related to her illness. Anna also appears to have developed a great respect for the work of her father, including in her participation in work with the Psychoanalytic Society in Vienna. Despite Anna’s extensive endeavors in translating her father’s work and collaborating with her father’s colleagues, it appears that Anna’s efforts that were related with her father’s work were more in her own attempt to understand the therapeutic process entailed in Psychoanalysis. While many accounts of Anna Freud’s life suggest that she was overshadowed by the legend of her father, Anna’s contributions were of a kinder and more practical nature. By extending work and research to issues involving children, clarity was achieved with focus on the child and the manner in which the developmental lifespan process is perceived, as well as how the latticework for establishing effective and age appropriate supports is formulated, based on the unique needs of each child. With the advent of focus on the child as a separate entity, children were then defined as entities apart from the adult psyche. This created the necessary foundation for the establishment of child psychoanalysis to address the genesis of development, whereas the majority of Sigmund

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