Analysis Of Sigmund Freud's Psychoanalytic Theory

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Introduction Sigmund Freud was an Austrian neurologist who through his various explorations of the human mind came to be known as the founding father of psychoanalysis (Sigmund-Freud). His theory of psychoanalysis said that it’s our unconscious thoughts buried deep within our self which influence our behavior and emotions. Freud 's psychoanalytic theory provides means to understand the mental thinking of individuals and the stages in their growth and development. Freud believed people are "simply actors in the drama of [their] own minds, pushed by desire, pulled by coincidence. Underneath the surface, our personalities represent the power struggle going on deep within us.” ( Understanding the Id, Ego, and Superego in Psychology. (n.d.). - For Dummies.) Concepts – Psychoanalytic theory In his theory of psychoanalysis, Freud drew analogies between the human mind and an iceberg. The tip of the iceberg is what he called the conscious mind which includes all the thoughts and mental processes of which we are aware. The remaining majority is what Freud called the unconscious mind which constitutes all of the significant and disturbing thoughts which our conscious mind is not ready to acknowledge. He divided the human mind into what he called the id which is the part that seeks immediate gratification, superego which is our mind 's conscience and ego which takes into account both the id and the superego for long -term gratification of the mind. Freud said that any
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