Pages in this set

Page 1

Preview of page 1
Psychodynamic Approach

"The little angel and devil on your shoulders."
The other approaches you should avoid
Psychodynamic approach ­ endorsed by Freud!

Assumption 1 Behaviour is influenced by the three parts of the mind ­ the tripartile personality.

Page 2

Preview of page 2
Assumption 2 ­ Behaviour is influenced by different levels of consciousness and ego defences.


Assumption 3 ­ Behaviour is influenced by early childhood experiences.

Page 3

Preview of page 3

In childhood, the ego is not developed enough to deal with traumas, which are therefore
repressed (an ego defence mechanism).There are key developmental stages in early
childhood, fixation at any stage through frustration or overindulgence may have a lasting effect
on the individual's personality.


Page 4

Preview of page 4
GENITA Genital
L character is the
ideal, well
adjusted mature
adult. They have
the ability to
both love and
work hard, and
can contribute to
Psychodynamic Therapy ­ Dream Analysis

Primary Process Thought
Repression of the iddriven primitive thoughts that are unacceptable

Wish fulfilment
Dreams represent wishes…

Page 5

Preview of page 5
Representation A thought translated into visual
images to represent it.
Symbolism A symbol to replace an action,
idea or person.
Secondary elaboration The different images combined to
form a logical story, disguising
latent content.
The actual dream material could be supplied from recent events in
conscious life.
Using dream analysis…

Page 6

Preview of page 6
Another source of support for this dream analysis therapy
is that neural networks show an overloaded
memory by conflating or condensing memories.
This suggests Freud was correct in saying that
unacceptable desires are censored and dealt with
by recombining fragments in dreams.
Hopfield et al (1983)


No comments have yet been made

Similar Psychology resources:

See all Psychology resources »