Psychodynamic approach to psychopathology

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  • Approach suggests that abnormal behavior is caused by unseen psychological forces. It suggests that abnornal behavior is caused by the functioning of the personality=from a psychological origin. 
  • Freud suggested that the personality consists of three structures: Id, Ego and superego.
    Three scenarios can occur with the personality.  
    1. Strong ego
    -A mentally stable person develops a strong ego and is able to cope with the demands of the id and superego.
    2. Unchecked id impulses.
    -Constant id impulses can cause destructivness. This can cause


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