The Analysis of Freud's Case Study of Little Hans

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The study of Freud’s Little Hans case study brings many questions to analysts. Although Freud conducted the case study, Freud never worked with Hans one on one. Freud’s case study was created based on the evidence provided by Hans’s father. Little Hans phobia can be explained by both classical conditioning as well as observational learning. A closer look into the case study provided by Freud helps with the complete explanation of Hans’s phobia. The fear of horses for a young boy was the focus of one of Freud’s may case studies. In the case study of Little Hans, Freud did not work one-on-one with the young child, but instead the father of the child provided information to Freud about his son. Han was a five-year-old who had an extreme fear of horses. Because of Hans’ fear of horses he also refused to leave his home. Hans’ father kept detail notes of the events that led to the phobia as well as notes of Hans’ behavior during the time of the phobia. The best manner in which to complete an analysis of Little Hans from a psychoanalytic perspective would be to take a closer look into some of the details behind the original case study conducted by Freud. Hans was nearly five when Freud first saw him, but letters from Hans’ father to Freud provided the bulk of what was considered evidence. The evidence provided to Freud was dated back to when Hans was three Hans had a high interest in his penis, which he referred to as his widdler. Hans obtain much pleasure from touching his penis as well as Hans became preoccupied with the penises of others. Hans’s mother began to make threats about his touching his penis, which was considered inappropriate. At this point Hans began to have a fear of experiencing castration by a doctor, which were the threats his mother made if he did not stop touching his penis. The next infatuation was whether or not his mother had a penis or not.
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