Freudian Psychology

Why Depression is Hard to Understand

Although depression has been around since perhaps the beginning of human civilization, the disorder has only come into focus in recent decades. Like many other mental disorders—such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), which used to be referred to as “shell shock”—depression has long been misunderstood, misdiagnosed, or unrecognized. The ancient Greeks first recorded depression, or […]

The Games People Play

Whether in interpersonal, romantic relationships, business transactions, or friendly interactions, often times people—like it or not—“play games.” Although this does not come as a surprise, the real surprise may be that, since the 1960s, some psychologists have taken the idea of game playing seriously. Here, games are taken to mean: . . . an ongoing series of […]