Freudian Psychoanalytic Theory (7349 words)

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Scott Sprenger (Weber State University)
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Citation: Sprenger, Scott. "Freudian Psychoanalytic Theory". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 08 September 2007 [, accessed 22 January 2020.]

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