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Describe the application of psychodynamic perspectives in health and social care.

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Pass Three Describe the application of psychodynamic perspectives in health and social care. Sigmund Freud Sigmund Freud created an entirely new approach to the understanding of the human personality. Freud believed that nothing occurred by chance instead every action and thought was motivated by our unconscious. Freud believed that we have a tendency to hold back urges and repress impulses in order to live in a civilised society. However, these urges and impulses must be released in some way and they have a way of coming to the surface in disguised forms. One way these urges and impulses are released is through dreams. ...read more.


Applying Freud's theory, Alice could be dreaming about her genitalia. This may be linked to the fact that she is newly divorced and doesn't, according to the case study, have a partner to satisfy her sexual needs. To interoperate the dream another way, the boxes falling on top of her may represent the difficulties Alice faces in her day-to-day life such as her financial difficulties. Defence Mechanisms We use defence mechanisms to protect ourselves from feelings of anxiety or guilt which arise because we feel threatened or because our unconscious becomes too demanding. Repression is the first defence mechanism that Freud discovered. ...read more.


Conscious feelings are the opposite of the unconscious, love/ hate. Freudian Slips A Freudian slip, also called parapraxis, is an error in speech, memory, or physical action that is interpreted as occurring due to the interference of some unconscious ("dynamically repressed"), subdued, wish, conflict, or train of thought. The concept is thus part of classical psychoanalysis. Slips of the tongue and the pen are the classical parapraxes, but psychoanalytic theory also embraces such phenomena as misreading, mishearing, temporary forgetting, and the mislaying and losing of objects. In general use, the term 'Freudian slip' has been debased to refer to any accidental slips of the tongue. Thus many examples are found in explanations and dictionaries which do not strictly fit the psychoanalytic definition. For example: She: 'What would you like-bread and butter, or cake?' He: 'Bed and butter. ...read more.

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