Q&A: What is the difference between cognitive and psychodynamic psychology and humanistic psychology?

Question by : What is the difference between cognitive and psychodynamic psychology and humanistic psychology?
I’m having a little bit of trouble seeing the difference between these. I’m quite familiar with humanism, so I’m using that as my base to compare.
I would love it if someone could help me out.
Thanks heaps in advance!

Best answer:

Answer by John Mcclafferty
cognative-seeking to identify and change abnormal/bad thinking and behavior
psychodynamic- behavior determined by unconcious psych. factors (freud’s theory)
humanistic- basic need for unconditional positive regard among all humans. dysfunction begins in infancy (Roger’s theory) move client towards self awareness (of abnormal behavior)

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1 Comment so far »

  1. Alexis said,

    Wrote on April 13, 2012 @ 7:26 pm

    Hi Doir,
    I’m sure you are aware that psychodynamic psychology is usually connected to Freud. It’s based on our early jealousies of the same-sex parent known as the Oedipal Complex. We are born with our id and gradually add our ego and our superego. One is our deep desire to take or do what we want, but our susperego keeps our impulses in check and helps us to live within the acceptable parameters of society.

    Cognitive Psychology is usually referred to as CBT or Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy. In order for a patient to make changes in their lives, they must first see where they have incorrect patterns in their thinking. Once they are consciously aware of their negative patterns of thinking, they can then move forward and act more positively achieving their goals in various spheres of their lives.

    I hope this helps.

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