Freud 's Theory On Character, Personality, And How They Relate Regarding War

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Final Take-Home Exam | PHI 104 Question One – Freud’s Theory on Character, Personality, and How They Relate Regarding War Determined to find out the origins of our sexuality and how they develop over the course of human life, Sigmund Freud came up with his psychoanalytic theory in an attempt to explain how a person’s character or personality is formed. He believed that the first five years of a person’s life were essential in shaping one’s personality, and the way that the parent chooses to raise their child in this crucial stage is what determines normal or abnormal development of the personality. The way that a child goes through these stages is essential in shaping their personality as an adult. His psychoanalytic theory of personality explains that our behaviour results from the interaction between the id, ego, and superego - the three components of the human mind. The id controls our instinctual desire for gratification and operates primarily without thought (unconsciously). The superego counteracts this desire by making us aware of the social norm, helping us differentiate between what is right and wrong - commonly referred to as a conscience. The ego attempts to bring a healthy balance between the two by compromising between the urges of the ego with the rationality of the superego. In a sense, the ego determines how to establish a compromise between the two within our society. Freud believed that these three non-physical components of the mind are in constant

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