Psychodynamic Approach overview

a overview of the Psychodynamic approach. I am in my first year of A levels and created this to ensure i knew everything i needed to about this approach. My peers also found this useful and this is my reason for sharing this.

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Exam questions that will be asked for this approach:

Question Available marks
Outline two assumptions of the psychodynamic approach 4 marks

Describe Freud's theory of personal development 8 marks

Describe how the psychodynamic approach has been applied in either dream analysis or free 12 marks

Evaluate two strengths of…

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These three parts set up our personality, which he called our `psyche'.

The psychosexual stages:
Freud suggested that our personality develops throughout our childhood in different stages which
he called the psychosexual stages.

He said that it is the libido (sexual desire) that drives us through the five stages.

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Genital stage (adolescence)
At this stage the child's pleasure seeking is again focused on the genitals. Freud argued that
fixation should occur in this stage for the individual to develop into a well-balanced, heterosexual
individual (Freud was both sexist and homophobic) in this stage individuals develop strong sexual
interests in…

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initially he/she would want to do but would have bad consequences, the anger is expressed
instead towards people who do not pose such a threat, such as partners or children.

Therapy formed from the psychodynamic approach
The psychodynamic approach assumes that our behaviour is shaped by our unconscious mind.

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Dream analysis

Freud called dreams `the royal road to a knowledge of the activities of the unconscious mind'

By analysing dreams, he felt that we could make links between the conscious and unconscious

Dreams were separated into two sections:

Manifest content ­ story of the dream
Latent content ­…

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Case studies
Dora's dream (1905)
When 16 years old, a friend of Dora's father had made sexual advances towards her, and her
father refused to believe her. She began having a recurring dream that her father would wake her
up due to a fire in the house and that they…

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The Wolf man's dream (1918)

Between 1910 and 1914, Freud treated Sergei Pankejeff for depression and various other issues. In
therapy, he reported that he had a memorable dream at the age of four where he awoke and saw
white wolves with fluffy tails in a tree outside his window.…

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relationships as a heterosexual, he had never been involved in a sexual relationship and he wanted
to wait until marriage. He had no symptoms of illnesses such as depression, anxiety or psychosis
and had no involvement in illegal activities.

After his examination, it was reported that Mr A did not…


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