What is Psychodynamic Therapy?


  1. There's the opportunity for researchers to dwell into this type of therapy. Might be unorthodox but maybe, something good will pay off.

    Thanks for showing us this!

  2. I'm not so sure about inferiority defining what we strive for.
    I've been told that I'm smart from a young age. I always enjoyed impressing adults with my thinking skills. Today I'm a scientist.

  3. That Hot Fuzz reference was amazing LOL

    This was amazingly done. Very informative, thorough, well-communicated and nicely edited. Thank you! I had been looking for a clear description of psychodynamic therapy, so this was really helpful. I may have to check out more of your videos~

  4. At 10:00, isn't that solution more behavioral or CBT than psychoanalytic or psychodynamic? Wouldn't addressing the core causes of the sense of inferiority, inability to act, indecisiveness, self-debasement, etc. be more useful over the long-term as opposed to suggestions aimed at changing behavior? If she has a self-defeating schema and is suggested to act like somebody that she doesn't think she is, will the sense of deceiving herself be eradicated through behavioral rewards, or will she know internally that the core emotions that caused her issues in the first place remain and still cause psychological distress? If unaddressed childhood stress, trauma, or memories are not dealt with, won't they still lie dormant as psychopathological energy?

  5. I dont think the last part of your video is fair with regards to the evidence for PDT effectiveness.

    The new research is the first randomised controlled trial of psychodynamic psychotherapy in the NHS (partly funded by the Tavistock Clinic Charitable Foundation) for adults with severe long-lasting depression.
    The 129 patients who agreed to take part in the study had already found antidepressants – and in some cases CBT – unhelpful. This type of depression is sometimes called “treatment resistant”. The patients were randomly assigned to receive psychodynamic psychotherapy or treatment-as-usual. The patients were treated for 18 months and then followed up for two years. The results showed that when therapy ended after 18 months, patients were no more likely to have improved in the treatment group than the control group. Two years later, however, significantly more people had improved in the treatment group than in the control group.

    Most psychotherapy research fails to follow patients for this long. A recent randomised controlled trial of CBT for treatment resistant depression also found CBT to be helpful for this type of depression. However, the CBT in this trial was unusually long (18 sessions), the depression severity was slightly lower than in the psychodynamic psychotherapy study, and patients were followed up for one year only.
    Because treatment resistant depression is a long-term – sometimes life-long – condition which is likely to return, longer term follow-up periods in trials are critical to understand what impact different therapies have, not just while the patient is in therapy but in the years that follow.

    Psychodynamic psychotherapy is not a quick fix. It can take time after therapy finishes for the patient to put into practice what they have learned, so we might expect to see patients’ lives improving gradually, after therapy ends. If psychodynamic psychotherapy leads to improvements two years after the end of therapy instead of during therapy as the results of the new study suggest, then its potential as a therapy which might deliver long lasting as opposed to transient change should be of interest to patients seeking help.

    A recent review which examined all relevant research on psychodynamic psychotherapy also supports the idea that this type of therapy could help people with a range of psychological difficulties including depression, anxiety and eating disorders.
    This does not mean psychodynamic psychotherapy should now be offered to everyone. Because it’s a longer and more complex treatment, it may never fit into the mainstream NHS model which is based on providing brief therapies for the mass market which are delivered by therapists whose training and therefore time costs much less than a psychodynamic psychotherapist. But it does mean that some of the traditional caricatures of psychodynamic psychotherapy need to be reconsidered, especially the idea that it does not work. It is important that patients are offered a real choice of therapy at the right time, particularly for people whose difficulties are long standing, complex and severe and where a quick fix approach is less likely to work and may even put people off seeking help.

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  6. hi Micah, thank you! this is such an amazing video. just another suggestion. would you make a video about theory of personality disorders? that would be great 😀

  7. nice video. thanks !

    I am happy that I was able to find your channel trough the video you guys made for Tom Scott.

    thanks for the video and have a wonderful day / night

    cheers : )

  8. You are lucky you have brothers. At least you have others to take care of the older parents. Who have a greater inferiority complexity.

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