PS251, Lec 3: 09/09/2013
Conscious model: smaller part of the mind.
Unconscious: part of your mind that you can’t immediately access. Material in here such as fear. If all
of it came to your conscious mind you’d probably break.
Preconscious: boundary area in between. Ex. What’s your favorite color, number, best friend from
Censor system: (defense mechanism) overlap between unconscious and preconscious. Material from
your unconscious is seeking expression and when it does, your defense mechanism comes in.
Repression: defense mechanism, when you forget something, and you forget that you forgot it, but it
never fully goes away (constantly seeking expression). Ex. Kids that have some memory of abuse. When
something goes from conscnous to precon to uncons it goes through repression. Really painful things are
stuck in the repression side. Ex. You study something and you can visualize it for the final, but you can’t
remember the answer. Some things have been wiped clean from your conscious but it still tries to express
itself. Necessary for survival. If you don’t remember the consequences of these terrible events, you die.
Denial: unconsciously motivated negation. When a person alters their thinking to believe a lie for
something they don’t like. When older people deny, it doesn’t really work (psychologically). Kids usually
deny things that are painful. Distortion, manipulate or deny a reality.
Compromise formation: (symptom formation) When something comes from repression and gets
blocked at the censor system, it shows as symptoms in your conscious. Related to psychosomatic
Why do we replay bad memories?
Adaptation. When you eat something you really love all the time till you burn it out. “burnout” point.
InjuryCure model: Two components:
A: affect (emotional component). I: Ideatio