Psychological Approach to psychopathology

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Assumptions of the psychodynamic model.

according to the psychodynamic model, unresolved conflicts from early childhood may be the causes of abnormality. These include:

  • Conflicts between the pleasure principle part of the personality (ID)  - the desire for immediate gratificiation and the moral part of the personality (SUPEREGO) desire to maintain moral standards and ideals.
  • if the id and the superego conflicts are not resolved, abnormality results because there is a lack in ego development, which means either the id or the superego is dominant. The ego is the rational part of the personality and so the lack of development of the ego may result in a loss of contact with reality.
  • if ID impulses are unchecked, they are expressed…


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