Olinda Chideme: Let’s try psychodynamic psychotherapy

The pain has made Olinda Chideme do things that she’s not in control of, as her younger husband is not being helpful at all by declaring on live video thathandichada


By Dr Admore Tshuma

If Zimbabwe was a welfare state, then the Zimbabwean authorities would intervene in the case of Olinda Chideme and Stunner.

Olinda could be seen as entertaining by social media lovers, yet this woman is now in a state of mind requiring psychodynamic therapies to distress her.

The pain has made her to do things that she’s not in control of as her younger husband is not being helpful at all in this social media storm by declaring in a live video that “handichada“.

As a scholar in psychology, I see some competing psychological forces such a psychodynamics underlining Olinda’s behaviour, feelings, and emotions.

The field of Psychodynamics is interested in the dynamic relations between conscious motivation and unconscious motivation.

For Olinda, both motivations are now converging in her which could spontaneously result in a complete mental breakdown. These competing psychodynamic forces risk throwing Olinda’s mental capacity into disarray.

As she continues ranting on those “entertaining” videos, the processes of her mind flows high volume of psychological energy (libido) into her brain that has become organically complex.

With this in mind I argue that Zimbabwean authorities, and especially the department of social welfare, must intervene, including the police.

In the treatment, both Olinda and Stunner need a psychological distress and psychodynamic psychotherapy which tends to be an intensive, twice-weekly modality.

They may also need to go through the classical Freudian psychoanalysis treatment of 3-5 sessions per week.

Psychodynamic therapies depend upon a theory of inner conflict, wherein repressed behaviours and emotions surface into the patient’s consciousness; generally, one’s conflict is subconscious.


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