“In examining what lies beneath the surface of human behavior, psychoanalysis teaches us about the unconscious psychological forces within us outside of everyday awareness.”
“By listening to patients’ stories, fantasies, and dreams, as well as discerning how patients interact with others, psychoanalysts offer a unique perspective that friends and relatives might be unable to see. The analyst also listens for the ways in which these patterns occur between patient and analyst.”
(Excerpted from http://www.apsa.org/content/about-psychoanalysis)
The following brief video, Getting to the Root of the Problem, was produced by the American Psychoanalytic Association to help explain psychoanalysis.