Psychodynamic Model of Abnormality

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  • Created on: 20-05-14 12:39
  • The psychodynamic model is based on conflict in development.
  • The model is based on Freud's division of personality into the id, ego and superego.
  • It also uses is stages of development - oral, anal, phallic, latency and genital.
  • The model suggests conflict and anxiety may occur during childhood as the ego isn't yet developed enough to deal with the id's desires, understand real-world issues or cope with the superego's moral demands.
  • Psychological disorders may also come from conflict or anxiety which happens in a certain stage of development.
  • Anxiety from the conflicts is repressed into the unconscious mind. Stress or trauma in adulthood may 'trigger' the repressed conflicts, leading to psychological disorders.


  • Aim was to allow the patient to access repressed thoughts and unconscious conflicts.
  • Patients were then encourage to deal with the conflicts.
  • Freud recognised this process would be painful and cause…


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