Advantages And Disadvantages Of Psychodynamic Perspective

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Modern day psychology takes into account several perspectives with each differing in the approach taken. Aside from the strengths they bring to the fore, each of these approaches has its own weaknesses. This paper starts by looking at some of these psychological perspectives in detail so that we can better understand how they affect human behaviour.

1. Psychodynamic Perspective:
Sigmund Freud, a neurology medic, came up with a theory based on assumption that human motivation is driven by the clash two psychological elements referred to as the ego and alter/super ego. Freud’s theories and those of his ‘disciples’ are what form the psychodynamic approach.
His psychoanalysis theory is termed as being the real psychodynamic theory from which all
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7. Humanistic/Existential Perspective:

Human beings actively and consciously interfere and steer the outcome of their lives through various events which ends up with them shaping-up how their environment and world pans out. The humanistic perspective digs deep into how individuals behave and this is done through observation of subjects and also through the feedback received from the individuals under observation. This perspective also brings into view the explanation that the force behind an individual’s drive is his/her potential to be both innovative and fruitful.

According to (Maslow, 1968), it was in reaction to contradictions some psychologists viewed as being present within the confines of the behaviourist and psychodynamic psychology that the humanistic perspective was developed. Humanism operates on the school of thought that presumes accountability for decisions and the consequence of the decisions made. The idea most people have about what it entails to be a human being is greatly fulfilled by humanistic psychology. This is because individual standards and individual gratifications are considered to be great standards by
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