Unformatted text preview: Psychotherapy
Developed from psychoanalysis
Sigmund Freud (1856 - 1939)
2) Psychic Energy
5) Developmental Unconscious
Dynamic - system of wishes, impulses and
memories which actively influence thoughts,
actions, symptoms, dreams, mistakes, accidents
Id, Ego and Superego
Unconscious derived from
- innate drives
- repressed material
Defies time and logic
Not constrained by reality Psychic energy
Mind fuelled by psychic energy (libido) derived
from the life preserving drives.
Later added life-destroying drives. Psychic
energy can never be created or destroyed but
only changed in form. Severe psychological
disorders e.g. anxiety, depression, result from
blocking of sexual energy.
Conscious or unconscious avoidance of painful
or unwanted information.
Early work with Breuer - anxiety = consequence
of repressed energy
Later proposed anxiety = a warning state of the
ego that signals necessity for repression to
defend the ego from internal danger arising from
forbidden impulses and wishes.
View Full Document