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By psychodynamics (movement of the psyche) we understand the inner processes which give a person stability, identity, direction and control of his impulses, enabling competence building and social co-existence. These processes crystallise into patterns, which then make certain other processes more likely.

Through meta-theoretical analyses of numerous theories developed by psychology, we have identified eight guiding processes (always represented as blue circles in the rosettes). These guiding processes (how one understands movements of the psyche) are to be found in different terms, emphases and conceptualisations within many, but not all, psychological theories. From our point of view, this approach enables us to establish in theory why and how these counselling methods and procedures are effective for change. In this way, all different counselling methods and procedures can be integrated, and it becomes possible to demonstrate why they are helpful or even why they may possibly be dysfunctional or damaging. By psychodynamics we mean the process with which we work on emotional stability and change. This takes place by making continuous decisions according to eight guiding processes. Click here for a separate diagram: Guiding Differences

Perhaps the most important aspect of this meta-theoretical concept of change is that one does not have to ‘make’ the change, as, under normal circumstances, it simply happens by itself. If something undesirable remains, it will be stabilised. For this reason, we need to explore how the person himself, unconsciously or unintentionally, creates the inner situation under which he suffers. Counselling is responsible for stagnation, not for change! Those who release the brake, move forward by themselves.

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