Handbook for Dental Chair Side Assistants Part 1

Basics of Psychology Related to Patient Management

Author(s): Namita Kalra* and Puja Sabherwal

Pp: 315-335 (21)

DOI: 10.2174/9789815049695123010017

* (Excluding Mailing and Handling)


Psychology of human nature and its understanding is the key to smooth interactions between two human beings. It is of great importance to dental surgeons and dental nurses who are dealing with persons in times of distress. These are various theories of developmental psychology given by different authors. The psychosexual theory by an Austrian neurologist Dr. Sigmund Freud and the psychosocial theory by Erik Erikson are the two main theories that explain psychological development and maturity. They have important dental implications, which are discussed in this chapter. The theory of classical conditioning, as given by Ivan Pavlov, a Russian physiologist, is discussed

Keywords: Id, Ego, Superego, Classical Conditioning, Psycho-sexual Theory, Psychosocial Development, Thanatos.

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