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Ids Energy

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BIOL 110
Gordon Dueck

 Trained as a neurologist Freud saw the source of all the ids energy as biological. Only later at the infant develops is the energy which Freud called libido converted into psychic energy all of it unconscious below the level of awareness  The id seeks immediate gratification and operates according to the pleasure principle. When the id is not satisfied tension is produced and the id strives to eliminate this tension  Another means of obtaining gratification is primary process thinking –generating images—in essence fantasies—of what is desired  2) The ego is the next aspect of the psyche to develop. Unlike the id the ego is primarily nd conscious and begins to develop from the id during the 2 6months of life. Its task is to deal with reality. Through its planning and decision making functions called secondary process thinking the ego realized that operating on the pleasure principle at all times is not the most effective what of maintaining life. The ego thus operates on the reality principle as it mediates between the demands of reality and the immediate gratification desired by the id  the final part of the psyche to emerge is the superego which operates roughly as the conscience and develops throughout childhood  Freud believed that the superego developed from the ego much as the ego developed from the id. As kids discover that many of their impulses such as biting or bedwetting are not acceptable to their parents they begin to incorporate  introject, parental values as their own to enjoy parental approval and avoid disapproval  The interplay of these forces is referred to as the psychodynamics of the personality  Much of human beh is determined by forces inaccessible to awareness. The ids instincts as well as many of the superegos activities are not known to the conscious mind. While the ego is primarily conscious and is involved in thinking and planning it too has important unconsci
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