Psychodynamics: Definition & Theory


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The psychological theory that our personalities are a combination of unconscious desire and early childhood experience is known as what?

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1. Which of Freud's pieces of personality operates unconsciously and irrationally in pursuit of pleasure?

2. Freud suggested that a conscious awareness of the moral lessons and social expectations kept people from giving in to the id, which he refers to as what?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

What did Freud say was the part of the personality that pursues pleasure? This quiz and worksheet is an easy way to test your ability to answer this question and others related to psychodynamics.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz will assess your knowledge of the following:

  • The theory that one's personality is a result of unconscious desire and early childhood experience
  • The aspect of personality that operates unconsciously and irrationally, according to Freud
  • A conscious awareness of moral lessons and social expectations
  • Carl Jung's reference to instinctual knowledge and impulses
  • Psychodynamic's influence in mental health treatment

Skills Practiced

  • Making connections - use what you've learned to make connections between Carl Jung and instinctual knowledge
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained about the influence of psychodynamics in mental health treatment
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer a question about what Freud says is the part of personality that operates unconsciously and irrationally

Additional Learning

Further your understanding of this topic with the lesson titled Psychodynamics: Definition & Theory. Here are a few examples of what you'll find in this lesson:

  • An overview of Freud and psychodynamics
  • Carl Jung's approach to psychodynamics
  • Fundamental aspects of psychodynamics