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The Psychodynamic approach to
Psychopathology
The psychodynamic was suggested by Freud. Freud believed that the origins of mental
disorders lie in the unresolved conflicts of childhood which are unconscious. Freud was born in 1856
and died in 1939 so he lived towards the end of the Victorian era.

The Structure…

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3. Denial: this occurs when an individual refuses to accept a certain event. For instance a
surviving partner of a long, happy marriage may continue to live as if their husband or wife
were still alive.

A part of psychodynamic therapy is to break down these defences and reveal the…

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This is the stage lasts until the infant is 4 or 5 years old. This focuses on the genitals and gratification
comes through genital stimulation. This is a key stage in sexual development as gender differences
are noticed and psychosexual differences are noticed between sexes. An important feature of this…

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It is hard to prove or disprove the ideas in this theory, just like religion.

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