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Discuss the idiographic and nomothetic debate within psychology. Refer to topics that you have
studied in psychology to illustrate your answer.

An idiographic approach is any approach or method in psychology that is concerned with the
individual rather than in the development of general laws of behaviour. An idiographic view…

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application of two of Freud's more contentious concepts to behaviour: castration anxiety and the
Oedipal complex. In addition, because the idiographic approach investigates individuals, it is possible
to explore naturally occurring but unusual cases. Blakemore's case study of Clive Wearing gives a
very rich account of the effects of selective…


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