Who is the father of the talking cure? Not Freud.

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When we think of psychotherapy, we think Freud. Pavi Sandhu of Scientific American reminds us that Josef Breuer (1842-1925) was there at the beginning and introduced Freud to Anna O. When Breuer worked with a patient, he spent time examining all aspects of a person's life, to include personality and emotional expression. Freud preferred to the now famous psychodynamic approach. Although Breuer and Freud were initial close professional and personal friends, their differences in how to work with patients eventually drove a deep wedge between them.

If you're curious to know more about Breuer and his influence on the talking cure, take a look at the article. In the mean time, why don't you sit down and tell me what's on your mind today.

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