Identify points that can be made in a discussion of the psychodynamic concept.  Given the following: 1. We are all driven by motives, needs, and conflicts that we are not fully aware of. 2. It is...

Identify points that can be made in a discussion of the psychodynamic concept.  Given the following:

1. We are all driven by motives, needs, and conflicts that we are not fully aware of.

2. It is important to increase self understanding and self-mastery to make meaningful accommodations between needs and desires.

3. Self-defeating tendencies can be harmful to society as well as the individual so our goal should be to minimize the satisfaction of our own deepest needs and minimize guilt.

My opinion is that we have to be aware that people are different and perceive things quite different. We must step outside of ourselves to be sure that we are not putting ourselves totally above everyone else, because it is important to take care of self.  It is also each person's responsibility to be aware of those around him or her because we have to function in and with society. I believe to understand other people it is first very important to understand yourself and your needs.

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Thinkers like Freud will be helpful to enhance your ideas.  Freud once said that "Being entirely honest with oneself is a good exercise."  This idea feeds into the three suppositions that are offered.  The study of psychodynamics explores what might lie within our own consciousness.  The exploration of these forces can better explain who we are and why we do what we do. The idea of "being entirely honest" means that there are forces that drive us. The field of psychotherapy hopes to explore these psychodynamics in a way that makes sense to the individual and help provide some clarity to the muddle that is often consciousness. For example, the psychodynamics within the work of Rorschach represent an attempt to better understand the psyche.  The ability to unearth desires and drives that might define us without our own cognizant knowledge is an essential part of psychodynamics. The idea of wanting to know more about oneself in the hopes of "being honest" represents an aspect within the discussion of psychodynamics.

The issue of needs and desires is an important one within the discussion of psychodynamics.  The individual can perceive both concepts to be synonymous with one another.  The "need" for something could be an intense "wanting" for it.  Being able to explore how or why the self "wants'" in such an intense way that it almost is a "need" reflects a critical aspect of human consciousness.  Human identity revolves around discussions like it.  In Freud's psychotherapeutic breakdown of the id, ego, and superego is one such example of the importance of such a discussion.  Being able to assess what constitutes need and what defines want in the mind of the individual and how this translates to how we view ourselves and how others view us is of vital importance in any discussion in psychodynamics.  The point about "meaningful accommodations" can only be undertaken when such a discussion takes place, something that lies at the heart of psychodynamics.

Freud's idea of being completely honest with oneself can also be set adjacent to another thinker who studied the field of psychodynamics. Carl Jung was very influential in the field, and he once suggested that "Knowing your own darkness is the best method for dealing with the darknesses of others." This particular idea is extremely important in the understanding of psychodynamics.  In the end, this field is a helping one.  There is an intense desire to help others.  The experiences of the individual can have greater external good. Psychodynamics meant to bring science and the transformative power of compelling thought into others lives. Thinkers like Freud and Jung validated the therapy approach. In doing so, they recognized the social responsibility aspect of their work. It is in this light that when individuals can better understand their own self- destructive tendencies, there is a greater chance to translate that into understanding patterns of behavior that could be "harmful to society." Jung's quote reflects this in how it seeks to pivot the understanding of the individual into something larger.  The role of the analyst is to assist and guide the patient.  This is a highly individual quest, but when applied to others, it acquires social transformative qualities.  It is here in which failure to understand the self, the lack of honesty about one's self and the the retreat into one's darkness, can have profound social implications.