Chapter 6: Section 1: Psychodynamic Assessment

Section 1: Introduction to Psychodynamic Assessment

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Assessing the specific aspects of personality can be as controversial and complex as the theories themselves.  Because the majority of our our actions are dictated by the unconscious, a bigger struggle was faced by psychoanalytic and psychodynamic theorists:  How to find out what even the patient himself doesn’t know.

The following two sections describe the theory behind psychodynamic assessment as well as specific techniques used.  Keep in mind as you read this chapter, that many other types of assessment exist.  In fact, of the major types of personality assessment techniques, projective techniques remain the most controversial and the most open to interpretation.