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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?

    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.

    - 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.

    - 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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