Psychodynamic Approach

Help describe and explain psychoanalysis and play therapy

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Used to gain insight, understanding and knowledge of an individuals unconscious.

make the 'unconscious, conscious'.

four methods to find out their unconscious feelings:

1) dream analysis

2) free association

3) interpretation of transference

4) working through

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Dream analysis

This is where a patient talks to an analyst about their dreams.

The manifest content is identified and interpreted to the latent content (true meaning)

The ego is less active during sleep so true feelings slip out disguised as symbols in our dreams.

phallic symbols: e.g feet, fish, tunnels, umbrellas etc.

This method is useful as

Provides INSIGHT (ultimate goal) into the unconscious desires/fears that are hidden.

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