Psychodynamic theories in my experience are the most curious concepts to understand, and I believe this is because we are not learning anything new to us, rather, we are unpicking a process that had started the moment we entered the world, and that we have unwittingly ignored for most of our lives. We are attempting to put ourselves under a microscope, to not only see what we do, but why we do it. Understanding how other people process their internal and external experiences would be interesting enough on its own, but being that we cannot learn about others without simultaneously learning about ourselves, the challenge is that much greater. And rightly so, for we have no business attempting to understand, and ultimately help, other people if we are unwilling or unable to try and understand ourselves.
I am going to write about some key concepts and ideas in psychodynamic theory, and I will also be attempting to apply these concepts to myself and to clients that I work with in the field of addiction. I hope you enjoy my ideas, and I hope to demonstrate a basic understanding of the theory I will speak about. To begin, I would like to write about my interpretation of id, ego and super-ego, and also to reflect on how I view this psychic structure within myself.
Id is the part of the structure that contains the basic, primal desires or drives. It is a very potent force within us that demands immediate satisfaction, and barges its way to the forefront of our conscious minds. I feel it is important to explain that although these desires come into our conscious thought process regularly, the reason for their emergence cannot be readily explained, as it is a largely unconscious process, and as such not explainable in terms of rational thought or external stimuli. Sexual desire, the pursuit of pleasure, to escape physical or emotional pain, the urge to eat, these urges, and many more besides, all come from... [continues]
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