The Role of the Unconscious

Psychology - Psychodynamic Approach - Key Features - The Role of the Unconscious

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  • The Role of the Unconscious
    • Reservoir for disturbing memories from childhood
    • Kept from consciousness to allow the adult to function properly
    • Reservoir for biological instincts and drives (food, drink, sex) that would be disturbing if they became conscious
    • Free Association - Based on the cathartic method 'thinking about the unconscious'
    • Dream Analysis - A dream is a disguise for fulfilment of a repressed wish
    • Slips of the tongue - Mistakes which reveals the true unconscious(Fraudian)
    • Transference - When the unconscious becomes conscious
    • Issues of this are: can be miss interpreted, can't generalise, over analyse dreams


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