Psycho-Dynamic Therapy Essay by hicaliber

Psycho-Dynamic Therapy
This paper discusses current trends in the psycho-dynamic therapy.
# 95546 | 2,145 words | 5 sources | APA | 2006 | US
Published on May 27, 2007 in Psychology (Freud) , Psychology (Therapies) , Psychology (Theory)

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This paper explains that psycho-dynamic therapy has its roots in psychoanalytic theory; however, psycho-dynamic therapy differs from classical psychoanalysis. The author points out that psycho-dynamic therapy is shorter, need not include all analytic techniques, is not conducted by psycho-analytically trained analysts and the therapist is much more actively and openly responsive to the client. The paper relates that contemporary object relations theory distinguishes between psychoanalytic theories, which are drive theories that emphasize biological drives such as sexuality and aggression, and relational theories, which emphasize human relationships.

Sample of Sources Used:

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