The Theories of Sigmund Freud Essay

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Sigmund Freud, known as the father of psychology, has developed some of the first theories of modern psychology. One of his well known theories is the structural model of the psyche. According to Freud, most of what drives humans is buried in the unconscious mind. There are three main forces that drive humans: the id, the ego, and the super-ego. The id is the sum of basic personal needs and desires. It is completely selfish and has no care for sensibility or reality. It strives for what it wants, when it wants it with no other considerations and is primarily concerned with sex. The second part of the personality is the ego. The ego is the realization of reality. It is the ego’s job to, in a sense, counteract the selfishness and …show more content…
Emma spends her whole life searching for happiness and contentment. From the time she was a school girl, reading romance and adventure novels, Emma began fantasizing about how she wants her life to be. She dreams of “prince charming” – in the form a refined gentleman - coming to sweep her off her feet. When she meets Charles, she thinks she has fallen in love and marries him. Soon after the wedding though, she realizes that this is not what she has been expecting from love. Charles is ordinary and dull and Emma is very unhappy in the relationship. When she meets Leon, and realizes that she is attracted to him and she impulsively allows herself to fall for him. Then, when she meets Rodolphe, she once again allows herself to be swept away and in her id follows her desire for a romantic sexual relationship. The act is completely selfish and she acts with no regard to her husband or her daughter Berthe. Emma is devastated when Rodolphe leaves her but later becomes involved in another passionate affair with Leon. All of these things are examples of her id being in control because she acts out of lust and sexual desire. Sexual pleasure is not Emma’s only way of attempting to make herself content with life. Material things become very important to Emma. Her financials troubles begin the day that Monsieur Lheureux, a dry-goods merchant comes to visit. The
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