The fate analysis sees itself as a school of depth psychology . It was founded by Leopold Szondi and represents the hypothesis that a person's biography is unconsciously controlled by a (hereditary) familial unconscious .
According to Szondi, fate analysis is a depth psychological method that analyzes the entire fate of a person; with their help, the choice of affection and occupation, but also illness and death can be analyzed.
The most important tools in a fate analysis are:
- the family tree
- the Szondi test
- the ancestral dreams
Like Sigmund Freud , Szondi viewed all dreams as a "via regia to the unconscious". In the analysis of fate that special kind of dream is important which Szondi called "ancestral dreams". These dreams come from the so-called "familial unconscious" (Szondi). It is astonishing that Sigmund Freud already pointed out these special dreams: "In addition, the dream brings to light content that can neither come from the dreamer's mature life nor from the forgotten childhood of the dreamer. We are compelled to regard them as part of the archaic inheritance that the child brings into the world through the experience of the ancestors prior to any personal experience ". (S. Freud, GW, Imago Publ. Co. Ltd. London, Volume XVII, p. 89) In the later years of his life, Sigmund Freud once again pointed out the great importance of inheritance in the fate of the individual. He wrote: "The acceptance of traces of heredity in the id changes our view of it, so to speak." (S. Freud, GW, Writings from the Estate, Volume XVII, Page 151)