OCR PSYCHOLOGY: Psychodynamic Approach??? Watch

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Can someone please explain what the psychodynamic approach is, the case study it is linked to, strengths / weaknesses etc? If it were in the exam (2015) what do you think the likely questions would be?
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The main assumption is that the mind is like an iceberg. We have conscious, subconscious and unconscious thought, all of which can influence our behaviour.

Strengths:
- Allows us to recognise that childhood is a critical period and that unconscious influences can affect behaviour.
- Uses case studies which provide qualitative data - in-depth and detailed.

Weaknesses:
- Unrepresentative samples often used in studies
- methodology may not be objective and therefore open to bias.

Studies that can be used:
- Thigpen and Cleckley
- Freud
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