Psychodynamic Perspective

Psychodynamic Perspective

This psychological perspective originated from Freudian psychoanalysis which emphasizes the unconscious components such as conflicts, instinctual energies, etc. Many of Freudʼs students of psychoanalysis broke off and went their own way, but kept the main aspect of psychoanalysis (the unconscious). As a result, the term psychodynamic is a more general term that incorporates all of these components but keeps the unconscious as a primary element. The more hard-line, scientifically focused psychologists often dismiss this perspective specifically because of the emphasis on the unconscious ñ their claim is, since you canʼt observe it, you canʼt measure it, so how can it be science. You be the judge.

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