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Psychodynamic Theories

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Prepare a 500 word analysis of the strengths and limitations of the theories in explaining individuals' behavior using APA format. Analysis should include references: Address the following:

1. Explain how psychodynamic theories influence interpersonal relationships.

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1. Prepare a 500 word analysis of the strengths and limitations of the theories listed in explaining individuals' behavior using APA format. Analysis should include references: Address the following: Explain how psychodynamic theories influence interpersonal relationships.

There are several psychodynamic theories, which propose different aspects of interpersonal relationships as they impact development, which include

? Drive Theory (Freud),
? Ego psychology theories (Erikson, Hartmann, and A. Freud);
? Social Interpersonal theories (Horney and Sullivan);
? Object Relations Theories (Mahler, Winnicott, Fairbaairn);
? Self theories (Kohut);
? Self-in Relations Theories (Baker-Miller, Kaplan, Singer, Jordon, Surrey). (Theories of helping: Psychodynamic, 2009)

However, the theories share common assumptions, including the following:

? Like all physical matter, humans are comprised of energy
? Energy is the substance through which personality is formed.
? Conflicting demands for energy and resolution for conflict is the mechanism by ehich personality structures develop.
? Problems result from investing "energy" in static/fixed maladaptive protection or earlier development, rather than free dynamic adaptive to environmental demands.
? Solutions involve "freeing" or "divesting" energy. (Theories of helping: Psychodynamic, 2009)

Drive theory proposes that behavior is determined by biological drive states directing energy (id). Drive states are tempered by social expectations (superego). Both drive states and social expectations are mediated by an evolving rational self (ego). The drive theory has an underlying assumption: human ...

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Based on the questions, this solution explores psychodynamic theories. References are provided.

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