Psychodynamic and psychoanalytic psychotherapies make use of a number of concepts regarding the characteristic workings of the mind under conditions of normality, neurosis, personality disorder and psychosomatic conditions.
Any human being at any time is in the process of change and development. This is most obvious in children and adolescents but is no less true of adults in middle and late life. As such their needs and expectations are changing both in material and relationship terms. Moreover within the range of life events, such as bereavement, the human reaction to these follows a more-or-less predictable course, unless interrupted by psychopathology.
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