Individual Differences-Psychodynamic Approach

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Psychodynamic Approach:

Freud- Suggested that mental illness is psychological in origin.

Key features of this approach include:

  • Abnormal behaviour can be caused by problems that consist in our unconscious mind.
  • Abnormal behaviour can be caused by an imbalance between the 3 aspects of personality. (ID,ego,superego). If the id or superego is too dominant, it can cause abnormal behaviour. 
  • ID too strong= aggressive behaviour, eg psychopath. 
  • Superego too strong=social anxiety.
  • Psycho-sexual stages include oral,anal & phallic.

✓First to recognize the importance

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