The Psychodynamic model of abnormality and treatment

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1. What is the aim of psychoanalysis?

  • To allow the patient to access repressed thoughts and then deal with the conflicts
  • To allow the patient to share their thoughts and feelings about abnormality
  • To allow the patient to understand the causes of their abnormality
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2. What are the strenghts of the psychodynamic model?

  • It suggests disorders may be linked to unresolved conflicts due to biological needs, it offers methods of therapy which allow the patient to understand and resolve their problems and it was the first theory focused on psychological causes of disorder
  • Freud's claims are based on sunjective interpretations which are hard to scientifically test, psychoanalysis may take a long time and is expensive, childhood conicts uncovered may be distressing and possibly inaccurate and the focus is on the past

3. What is meant by the psychoanalytical technique: dream analysis?

  • The patient is given a cue word and is asked to say what memories and ideas come into their mind, by doing this repressed thoughts emerge giving an insight into unconscious problems caused by abnormality
  • It was thought that a certain part of the mind keeps repressed thoughts in the unconscious but this part is less active during sleep, thus these thoughts are likely to appear in dreams
  • The patient enters an alternate mental state in which they can access repressed thoughts. Freud gradual lost faith in this technique as he found it difficult to hypnotise people

4. The model uses Freud's stages of development, what are they?

  • The oral, anal, phallic, latency and genital stages
  • The oral, senses, phallic, latency and genital stages
  • The oral, anal, phallic, latency and conflicting stages

5. What is used as treatment in the psychodynamic model?

  • psychedelic
  • psychoanalysis
  • psychosis


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