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Psychodynamic Foundations
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology, Personality, Social and Developmental Psychology.
2016 (English)In: Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science / [ed] Viviana Weekes-Shackelford, Todd K. Shackelford & Viviana A. Weekes-Shackelford, Springer International Publishing , 2016, 1-5 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Westen (1998) has defined psychodynamic theories with five postulates: (1) much of mental life is unconscious; (2) mental processes operate in parallel so that people can have conflicting feelings that motivate them in opposing ways; (3) stable personality patterns begin to form in childhood, and childhood experiences play an important role in the developing personality, particularly in shaping social relationships; (4) mental representations of the self, others, and relationships guide people’s interactions with others and influence psychological symptomatology; and (5) personality development involves learning to regulate sexual and aggressive feelings but also the move from an immature, socially dependent state to a mature, interdependent one. According to this definition, attachment theory is a psychodynamic theory. However, Bowlby explicitly demarcated his attachment theory from the drive principles.

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Springer International Publishing , 2016. 1-5 p.
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psychodynamic foundations, evolution, attachment theory, drive principles
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-135818DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-16999-6_1972-1ISBN: 978-3-319-16999-6OAI: diva2:1049289
Available from: 2016-11-24 Created: 2016-11-24 Last updated: 2016-11-24

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