Psychodynamic Personality Theories

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Psychodynamic Personality Theories: An Analysis Psychodynamic Personality Theories: An Analysis The psychodynamic theories of personality are a collection of theories that developed from Freud’s theory of psychoanalysis, and just as Freud’s theory, the psychodynamic theories give ample emphasis to unconscious processes, and the effects of early childhood experiences into personality formation (Hockenbury & Hockenbury, 2006). The purpose of this paper is to provide a brief analysis on the strengths and limitations of the psychodynamic theories of personality as it explains individual behavior. The following include as well the answers of how psychodynamic theories affect individual personalities, the influences of such assumptions on interpersonal relationships. Effects of Psychodynamic Theories on Personality Psychodynamic theories focus on human personalities. The psychodynamics theories of personality developed from Sigmund Freud’s thoughts and believes, which mainly focuses on human drives such as sexual and aggressive drives (C, 2006). According to Freud’s theory, there are three parts contained in a personality; the id, the ego, and the superego. The id is the part that struggles to satisfy a person’s needs and is the person’s instinct or drive to action. It is also the part of personality that starts at birth, and works to avoid pain and to gain pleasure as well (C, 2006). The second part is the ego; the ego controls the processes of thinking and emotions. It is also responsible for keeping the id from fulfilling its needs and wants, until it can do it itself (C, 2006). The third part is the superego and this part works to keep the id and superego properly balanced. Freud believed that the superego helps the person to function, socially, but morally as well (C, 2006). Most of the time personalities tend to fight themselves; CJL (2006) state, “Freud
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