Psychodynamic Approach in Psychology: Definition & Explanation


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As we mature from infancy to adulthood, Sigmund Freud identified stages of development that open the door for new conflicts and unresolved issues that can manifest as dysfunctional behavior. What were these stages called?

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1. The term psyche is defined as:

2. What type of psychological therapy was developed by the proponents of the psychodynamic approach to psychology?

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About this Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and corresponding worksheet gauge your understanding of the psychodynamic approach. Topics you'll need to know to pass the quiz include Freud's theory of development.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to assess your knowledge of:

  • Stages of the psychodynamic approach
  • Definition of psyche
  • Type of psychological therapy developed by the psychodynamic approach
  • Three elements of personality
  • Definition of defense mechanism

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz let you practice the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension- ensure that you draw the most important information from the related psychodynamic lesson
  • Information recall- access the knowledge you've gained regarding the psychodynamic approach
  • Knowledge application- use your knowledge to answer questions about Sigmund Freud

Additional Learning

To learn more about the psychodynamic approach, review the lesson called Psychodynamic Approach in Psychology: Definition & Explanation. This lesson covers the following topics:

  • Understand Sigmund Freud's psychodynamic approach
  • Study an illustration of the three elements of personality
  • Apply knowledge of psychodynamic approach to modern psychology
  • Identify some common protective strategies
  • Learn the significance of the libido