Psychodynamic Theory Essay

2137 Words Jun 27th, 2011 9 Pages
My essay is on the Psychodynamic theory based on the belief that people’s behaviour and emotions as adults are rooted in their childhood experiences.

I will focus on the Psychodynamic concept in relation to the unconscious mind. I will look at the concept of ‘Object relations’ and particularly I will look at what Freud called Transference.
I will say how I can relate to these concepts in my own personal relationships with others and give some examples of how these can impact in my client work.

Sigmund Fraud (1856-1939) was an Austrian neurologist who founded the psychoanalytic school of psychiatry.
Some of the theories that Freud is best known for are the unconscious mind, defence mechanisms, free association, transference, and the
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The infant’s instinctive drive is both to survive and to satisfy their needs in relation to a loving, nurturing ‘object’ or person, usually the mother or central figure.
Object relations theory suggested that the mother’s breast is an object of satisfaction and comfort that is not always available; therefore a ‘transitional object’ like a dummy or a teddy bear is used as a temporary replacement. (Milne, 2007, p.125).
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The way that I relate to the concept of Object relations is that I have a fear that my tutors/teachers and people in authority will take away from me my efforts of academic achievement by grading me unfairly or preventing me from achieving in some other way. I relate this fear to how my mother blocked my efforts to succeed by always telling me how she has no time for me and how stupid I am, and because she held authority over me I tend to view others in positions of authority also as unsupportive.
As a child I learnt that if I did not behave in the way that my mother saw as being ‘good’ that she would take things away from me, and now as an adult I can see the reason that I have always failed in getting what I want is because I have transferred these expectations onto other authority figures in my life.
Because I can see that this fear is rooted in my childhood, I feel more confident in my future relating with my tutors and others who hold positions of authority over me.
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An example of how object relations
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