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PSYCHOLOGY MADE SIMPLE
  Is a brief introduction to psychology for college students
                      © August 2008


Author
Alan E Masakhalia
+254 722 33 05 11
alarrnies@yahoo.com
A former lecturer at PREMESE AFRICA DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE







CHAPTER 1
Introduction and Definition ………………………….…………….…….… 4
Relevance of psychology…………………………….……………………...4
Scope……………………….……………………………………….……….5
Conscious and Unconscious situations....………………..……….…………7


CHAPTER 2 – PSYCHOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVES.
The two schools of thought ………………………………………………..10
Psychoanalytic theory……………………………………………….……..13
Defense Mechanisms……………………………………………..………..21


CHAPTER 3 – PERSONALITY AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT.
Personality ……………………………….….……………………………..26
Freudian concept of personality…………….……………………..……….27
How personality develops to abnormality…..……………………….……..28


CHAPTER 4 – PROGRESSION OF ABNORMAL BEHAVIOUR.
Stress….…………………………………..………..………………………30
Depression………….………………………………………………………35
Psychoses………………………….…………….…………………………37
Neurosis………………………………………………….…………………38
Mental illness………………………………………………………………41

CHAPTER 5 – PSYCOTHERAPY AND OTHER THERAPIES
Counselling…………………………………………………………………47
Introduction to Psychotherapy………………………………………..……50
Relevance of therapy………………………….……………………………51
Types of therapy……………..…………..…………………………………51



BIBLIOGRAPHY …………………………………………..……………57







DEFENITION OF TERMS.



Consciousness – acting while sober and in charge acts done knowingly/intentionally

Personality – a persons characteristics as concerns behaviour ,motivation traits etc

Abnormality – acts that are inconsistent with societies expectations and norms

Psychotherapy – the talking cure, no pills

Freudian – belonging to Sigmund Freud e.g. his theories

Oedipus complex – situation where the boy child admires the mother and views the dad as “competition”

Cognitive – thought processes

Thantos – the death/self destructive drive...

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