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psychoanalytical theory

            Freud and the Psychoanalytical Theory.
             The Freudian Theory of Personality is divided into two models, the topographic and the structural. The first, the topographical model, can be considered the playing field of the mind pertaining to the conscious, unconscious, and the preconscious. The conscious state is what we are aware of at this very point in time. It contains your current thoughts, ideas, and feelings that are constantly being replaced by newer information relating to the events taking place at that moment. The preconscious contains cached information that is still readily accessible. This includes knowledge of your life's events and can essentially be thought of as a psychological index of your memories. The last state in this category is known as the unconscious state. A vast majority of thoughts and feelings that you are not aware of are contained here, and are largely responsible for your everyday behavior. You have no immediate access to this information and it can be considered a lockbox of the mind, which you are unable to open. It is possible, Freud goes on to say, that this information is retrievable through hypnotherapy although research shows that hypnotic responsiveness is largely a participant variable.
             The second model is known as the structural model. This model can be explained portraying the id, ego, and super ego as the players in this mind game. The id is the very core of our being and is considered our basic primal drive (Freud referred to this as triebe). The reflexive actions taken by the id are entirely non-intellectual, and based on images. It is extremely selfish in a sense that it is only concerned with satisfying its personal desires and will strive to attain goals no matter what the opposition. An example of this would be that you are hungry in class, but you know you cannot leave until it is over. The id then uses a technique called wish fulfillment, and imagines what you will eat after class, temporarily satisfying the urge.

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