Psychodynamic Perspective

Assumptions, strengths and weaknesses

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Psychodynamic Perspective


- There is a part of us which we are not aware of in the unconscious mind.

- We use defence mechanisms to hide our fears to the world.

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- It takes a holistic view as it tries to look at the person as a whole - Thigpen and Cleckley - looked at her behaviour through memory, IQ, inkblot, hypnosis, backfound and childhood.

- It is useful as the therapy helps people with their difficulties - Freud - resolved problems with father - complex problems can be solved with support.

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- Very subjective as it is based on opinions of the psychiatrist who may be biased. - Thigpen and Cleckley - Freud - the beahviour was interpreted from the psychiatrists point of view.

- The qualitative data is difficult to analyse - Freud - Thigpen and Cleckley - through spoken words and interviews - the results are hard to compare and see the ture meanings at a glance.

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