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Of, relating to, or characterizing any psychoanalytic system based on but modifying Freudian doctrine by emphasizing social factors, interpersonal relations, or other cultural influences in personality development or in causation of mental symptoms and illnesses.

Ne′o-Freud′i·an n.
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(ˌni oʊˈfrɔɪ di ən)
1. of or pertaining to a group of psychoanalytic thinkers whose modifications of Freudian analytic theory emphasize ego functions and interpersonal relationships.
2. a psychoanalyst advocating such a view.
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In a somewhat different vein, the twentieth century neo-freudian, (Erikson 1971) opined that religion is the institution, which throughout man's history has striven to verify basic trust.
Elisabeth Roudinesco, head of research in history at University of Paris VII and author of three books on the renowned neo-Freudian, would probably reject such an assessment of the situation.
However, much of the time these Neo-Freudian one-liners have all the sincerity of political sound bites and the illuminating power of an Itty Bitty book light.
Neo-Freudian, Erik Erikson (1950) was a pioneer in distinguishing identity as the key in adolescent personality development and as a critical move toward becoming a productive, contented adult.
But their subservience to the referential fallacies of history and biography discounts the importance of numerous "schools" of interpretation and criticism since the 1950s: new, feminist, deconstructive, neo-Freudian, reader-response, and performance--to name several that instantly come to mind.
Rather than replacing this paradox of attraction/repulsion with one or the other, or indeed doing away with them altogether, there is no neo-Freudian cure.
Psychological approaches are well-represented by Carola Kaplan, who, in "Navigating Trauma in Joseph Conrad's Fiction: A Voyage from Sigmund Freud to Philip Bromberg," traces Philip Bromberg's neo-Freudian relational theory in Victory.
In the latter chapters, especially in chapters twelve and thirteen, Green's neo-Freudian framework becomes more visible.
The sociology of ideas needs a social psychological foundation, and Gross does a nice job of synthesizing various symbolic interactionalist, academic social psychological, and neo-Freudian theories to offer us a useful conceptualization that moves the literature forward.
Almost as common is the use of systems theory, object relations theory, Freudian and Neo-Freudian perspectives.
Dabney also provides measured and helpful assessments of Wilson's greatest books, including 1931's Axel's Castle, which introduced the great Modernists (Yeats, Proust, Joyce, et al.), the neo-Freudian The Wound and the Bow (1947), which includes his classic study of Charles Dickens's childhood trauma and how it made him, and the most pungent of his five journals, from the 1920s and 1960s.
Such statements suggest that FST critics believe they are offering an authentic alternative to the more abstract and reality-distant interpretations based in classical Freudian and neo-Freudian theory.