Psychodynamic Theories Of Psychology On The Subconscious Self

1877 WordsDec 8, 20158 Pages
Psychodynamic theories of psychology focuses on the subconscious self, influencing behaviors of an individual and are used to explain the development of mental illness and abnormalities. The basis of psychodynamics is Sigmund Freud’s theory in which he describes three states of mind vying for their preferred goal: the Id concerned with obtaining pleasure, the Superego concerned with upholding morality, and the Ego which uses reason to balance the desires of the two extremes. Freud describes three levels of consciousness the conscious which is what ideas we always know about, the preconscious which is ideas that we can make conscious, and the unconscious which is the ideas that are underneath our understanding which may include suppressed memories of traumatic events. He sees human motivation coming from a vague notion of instincts which include the life instinct which drives people to stimulate themselves/survive and the death instinct which drives people to be calm, serene, slipping into death. Freud gives great importance to human sexuality in his theories by linking such dilemmas during the childhood stages of development of the “sex instinct” to mental problems in adulthood in the form of subconscious ideas about the past influencing current actions. He sees defense mechanisms in people’s actions as an attempt to protect the person’s view of self or to protect from revealing something they don’t want known, certain cues like forgetting what to say reveal that there is
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