comparing psychodynamic theories 3

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Jung and Adler, while initially closely aligned with Freud, later significantly departed from Freud’s psychoanalytic theory of personality and counseling. In this week’s Discussion, you will closely examine two of these three theories with regard to how they are similar and dissimilar.

To prepare for this Discussion:

• Review the readings for this week.
• Consider how therapists might differ in their sessions when using these theories.

With these thoughts in mind:

Post by Day 4 a brief review that compares and contrasts two of the theories presented this week. In your review, be sure to address the following points:
• Key concepts/unique attributes
• Historical/contextual development of the theory (if relevant)
• Role of the therapist
• Research support for the theory


  • Corey, G. (2017). Theory and practice of counseling and psychotherapy (10th ed.). Belmont, CA: Thomson Brooks/Cole.
    • Chapter 4, “Psychoanalytic Therapy”
    • Chapter 5, “Adlerian Therapy”
  • Seligman, L. (2006). Carl Jung and Jungian analytical psychology. In Theories of counseling and psychotherapy: Systems, strategies, and skills (2nd ed., pp. 94-112). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson/Merrill/Prentice Hall. (PDF format)

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