Abstract: This article presents a novel conflict model for operationalizing and visualizing psychodynamics within the context of Positive Psychotherapy (PPT). The model builds upon the traditional approach of N. Peseschkian and M. Goncharov’s model from 2014, further enhanced by the basic needs of love, security, and autonomy as outlined by G. v. Witzleben (2014), and the emotions delineated by P. Ekman and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). The model affords an in-depth understanding of a patient’s motivations and psychodynamic responses in various situations. It expands upon previous models that focused on conflicts rooted in the connection between primary and secondary capabilities. By considering the simultaneous or sequential existence of different inner conflicts, the model allows for a comprehensive view of a patient’s psychodynamics. While this article only provides an excerpt of the ideas from the author’s recent book, it offers general guidelines for operationalizing and visualizing psychodynamics within PPT, encouraging further exploration and understanding of individual psychodynamics.
Keywords: positive psychotherapy, psychodynamics, conflict model, traditional Chinese medicine, inner conflict