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Strengths and weaknesses of psychodynamic theory by Sigmund Freud

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Strengths and weaknesses of psychodynamic theory by Sigmund Freud

Strengths and weaknesses of psychodynamic theory by Sigmund Freud: Originating in the work of Sigmund Freud, the psychodynamic perspective emphasizes unconscious psychological processes (for example, wishes and fears of which we’re not fully aware), and contends that childhood experiences are crucial in shaping adult personality.

The psychodynamic perspective has evolved considerably since Freud’s time, and now includes innovative new approaches such as object relations theory and neuropsychoanalysis. Some psychodynamic concepts have held up well to empirical scrutiny while others have not, and aspects of the theory remain controversial, but the psychodynamic perspective continues to influence many different areas of contemporary psychology.

Strengths and weaknesses of psychodynamic theory by Sigmund Freud
Strengths and weaknesses of psychodynamic theory by Sigmund Freud

List of Strengths and weaknesses of psychodynamic theory by Sigmund Freud

Weaknesses

  • It is unfalsifiable because the assumptions can not be scientifically measured or proved wrong
  • It is deterministic-suggests that behaviour is predetermined and people do not have free will (Freuds psychosexual stages)

Strength

  • Focused on the effects that childhood experiences have on the developing personality.
  • Led to other psychologists including Piaget developing theories on childhood. (Development theory)
  • Takes both nature and nurture into account (Nature: ID,Ego,Super Ego/ Nurture: Parents,Childhood experiences)

Sources

https://getrevising.co.uk/grids/strengths_and_weaknesses_of_psychodynamic_approach

https://nobaproject.com/modules/the-psychodynamic-perspective

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