THE STRUCTURE OF PERSONALITY

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THE STRUCTURE OF PERSONALITY Freud conceived the mind as only having a fixed amount of psychic energy (libido). The outcome of the interaction between the id, ego and the superego (each contending for as much libidinal energy as possible) determines our adult personality.

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INTRODUCTIONPersonalitySimply stated, personality refers to a person's style of interacting with the environment, especially the social environment. Personality is often considered to be relatively stable across time and from situation to situation.Personality developmentPersonality is defined as the enduring personal characteristics of individuals.Although some psychologists frown on the premise, a commonly used explanation for personality development is the psychodynamic approach. The term psychodynamic describes any theory that emphasizes the constant change and development of the individual. Perhaps the best known of the psychodynamic theories is Freudian psychoanalysis.Freud's Psychoanalytic theoryIt has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Psychoanalytic theory. (Discuss)DrivesFreud believed that two basic drives- sex and aggression- motivate all our thoughts and behaviors. He referred to these as Eros (love) and Thanatos. Eros represents the life instinct, sex being the major driving force. Thanatos represents the death instinct (characterised by aggression), which, according to Freud, allowed the human race to both procreate and eliminate its enemies.The structure of personalityFreud conceived the mind as only having a fixed amount of psychic energy (libido). The outcome of the interaction between the id, ego and the superego (each contending for as much libidinal energy as possible) determines ou

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