Psychodynamic thinking has its origins in psychoanalysis. Freud’s original formulation of psychoanalysis, both as a way of understanding human development and its vicissitudes, and as a method of treatment for psychological difficulties, has been refined, elaborated and extended by different writers and practitioners who have applied his models and systems in ever richer ways. In this chapter, some of the key ideas underpinning the psychodynamic approach are outlined, to clarify its main features and in so doing briefly indicate how it differs from other possible orientations.
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