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The Influence of Psychodynamic Perspective on Culture, Ethnicity, & Race

Explain psychodynamic perspective and how culture, ethnicity and race may influence behavior and why psychologists need to take these factors into account?

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Psychodynamic perspective focuses on the interaction of drives and forces within the person. The most famous proponent of psychodynamic perspective is Sigmund Freud and his psychoanalytic school of thought. It is both a theory and a therapy. His followers who continued this perspective are all part of the psychodynamic school. They do differ on various specific aspects of the theory. But the basics are as follows:
1. emphasis on innate drive
2. The importance of the unconscious
3. Repression of childhood memories
4. Psychosexual stages of development
5. The structure of personality as divided into id, ego and superego
6. The role of sexual conflict
7. The emphasis on guilt as a starting point for most psychological disorders.

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In approximately 450 words, this solution explains how psychodynamic perspective and how culture, ethnicity and race may influence behavior. Reasons why psychologists need to take these factors into account are also described. Sources are cited.

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