Psychodynamic approach (strengths and weaknesses)

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  • the psychodynamic perspective puts focus on the indiv using research techniques (case study) to get a detailed and thorough insight of a persons behaviour and feelings. Eg Freud used several methods to study Hans to gain detail on his fears and anxieties to find cause eg conversations, analysis or symbols. This is a strength of the perspective because by gathering data to provide a detailed insight into behaviour and the impact of early experience on behaviour it furthers understanding of the importance of early relationships and it can also stimulate future research.
  • the psychodynamic perspective has many practical applications. in particular many therapeutic techniques have been developed to access the unconcious and contribute to solving unconcious conflicts that can stem from early childhood. Eg Kivilighan providing insight into feelings and motives helped to treat patients with a variety of mental


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