Defining personality: unique characteristics that account for enduring patterns of inner experience and outward behaviour. *the psychodynamic perspective : psychodynamic theories, explain behaviour and personality in terms of unconscious energy dynamics within the individual, psychoanalysis, a theory of personality and method of psychotherapy developed by sigmund. Dependency or pleasure of the mouth also general dependence on the mother. Repression of sexual impulses; identification with same-sex parent. *it"s important to note freud never studied children just adults * Friday, november 4, 2016: evaluating freud"s theories, research has demonstrated, unconscious forces can influence behaviour, early childhood experience can have powerful influences on adult. Internal conflict often plays a key role in generating psychological distress personality: people do use defense mechanisms to reduce their experience of unpleasant emotion, main criticisms, poor testability: they violate the principle of falsifiability. Friday, november 4, 2016: carl rogers famous humanist, self-concept: collection of beliefs about one"s own nature, unique qualities, and typical behaviour.