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Effectiveness of Psychodynamic Theory

What is psychodynamic theory and and psychotherapy? In this analysis please help me describe how effective the pyschodynamic interventions are, as well as what aspects of the theory would be most appealing to a therapist and why. Along with this please highlight on any challenges or criticisms that one may have using or contemplating to using this approach. Lastly, given someone whose theoretical orientation is more Eclectic, how well would the psychodynamic theory fit and work.

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(1) What is psychodynamic theory and psychotherapy? In this analysis please help me describe how effective the psychodynamic interventions are, as well as what aspects of the theory would be most appealing to a therapist and why.

The foundation of the psychodynamic approach to psychology can be contributed to Sigmund Freud. His clinical theories derived from his care with his own patients, and the stories they told him during therapy. Freud's (1926/1927 as cited in Friedman & Schustack, 2006)) theoretical formulations were based on psychodynamic views of the personality. He theorized that the personality was based on structures consisting of the ego, id, and the superego... The ego was the personality structure that developed to deal with the real world, the id contained basic psychic motivations and energy; and it is the personality structure that internalizes societal rules and guides "good" socially acceptable behavior (Friedman & Schustack, 2006, p. 379.

According to McLeod (2007), psychodynamic therapist would usually be treating the patient for depression or anxiety related disorders (McLeod, 2007). Other studies suggest that therapeutic cases that have been conducted with the psychodynamic approach reveals efficacy, and has very good reliability in treating phobias. (Watson, Gaind, & Mardi, 1971). The psychodynamic theory founded upon Freud's psychoanalysis primarily focuses upon unconscious feelings, and/or events as they are perceived by the individual (Zornig and Levy (2011). They offer a theoretical explanation of Freudian psychoanalysis, as an "emphasis on "singularity" that deals with human beings one by one" (p. 27). ...

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This solution discusses psychodynamic theories and psychotherapy insofar as the effectiveness of its interventions. Almost 1000 words with references.

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