Psychodynamic Theory, Ego And Self Psychology Essay

1273 Words Oct 16th, 2016 6 Pages
The fundamental knowledge on conceptualization of the core aspects in psychoanalytic character diagnosis, levels of personality organization, treatment implications, and differences in primary vs secondary defenses illustrate a useful map on contemporary psychoanalysis. This essay attempts to discuss an overview of the learned material presented in class and the concept of essential dimensions in psychoanalytic diagnosis, based on the readings of Nancy McWilliams (2011). According to McWilliams, considerable clinical model of psychoanalysis consists out of the building blocks made out of the early original Freudian structure of drive theory with developmental emphasis on person’s early development, object relation theory, ego and self psychology. Classical Freudian developmental model contains a simplistic biological base that evolved on to more instinctual early developmental phases from oral to genital. The concept known as a drive theory formulates that when a child is over gratified in one of the early psychosexual developmental stages, it may lead to a state of “fixation” in particular phase. Other analysts continued to expand Freud’s original idea of such confinement as a conflict of a certain stage. For instance, Erik Erikson reconstructed psychosexual phases in accordance with more interpersonal interpretations of each stage that starts in infancy and expands on to maturity. Another major structural block in psychoanalytic character diagnosis is ego…

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