Sigmund Freud's Theory Of Personality

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Sigmund Freud, the founding father of psychoanalysis, developed a tripartite conception which divided personality into three distinct levels: the conscious; the preconscious; the subconscious. (citation shit from tb) Freud then further developed his tripartite conception of personality into a basic anatomy of one’s personality: the id; the superego; the ego. Freud believed that there were driving forces of one’s personality, which are our instincts; the basic elements of the personality. Freud’s theory may be seen as an homeostatic approach insofar as it evinces that we are actuated to restore and preserve a state of physiological equipoise, and to alleviate the body of tension. citaionoftextbook He categorised the instincts into two: life instincts; death instincts. The life instincts are driven to further growth and development, and serve to satisfy the necessities of the individual and species through food, water, air, and sex (Freud deemed sex as our primary motivation). assholecitationTB The psychic energy derived through the life instincts is known, in Freudian terms, as the libido. The libido may be devoted to an object or person, a Freudian concept known as cathexis. Antagonistic to the life instinct is the death instinct, which proposed that people have a subconscious desire to die. An element of such is the aggressive drive, which is represented through one’s desire to die turned against objects rather than the self. Thus the aggressive drive constrain us to
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