WHAT IS THE PSYCHOANALYTICAL APPROACH TO HUMAN MOTIVATION?

ACCREDITED SENIOR PSYCHOTHERAPIST/COUNSELLOR -Dr.Fawzy Masaoud-LONDON, ENGLAND

It is
useful to know simple information about THE
PSYCHOANALYTICAL
APPROACH TO HUMAN MOTIVATION

It is impossible to tackle the most
controversial aspect of human motivation without making extensive reference to
the research of Sigmund Freud again. Psychoanalysis was largely founded on
Freud’s concept of the instinct or drive. (Note: the German word ‘treib’ covers
both terms when translated however the term ‘drive’ is preferred because it is
generally more accurate and less misleading in English).

Freud’s interest in psychology began
when he was studying medicine and thus, he was working in a highly scientific,
positivist framework. The result was that he often used biological processes as
metaphors to explain psychological processes. It must be emphasised that he did
not perceive human psychology to be the result of biological makeup, as has
often been misinterpreted. The term ‘treib’, for instance, led people to
interpret Freud as yet another biological determinist…

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