PSYC 2740 Chapter Notes - Chapter 9: Preconscious, Anal Stage, Oral Stage

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The two instincts were usually referred to as libido for the life instinct and thanatos for the death instinct. : freud considered this term as referred to any need-satisfying, life- sustaining, or pleasure oriented urge harm, or aggression against others or oneself. (wrote more about the libido during life and thanatos towards the end) The person who directs his or her death instinct into a socially acceptable channel, such as competitive sports, has less energy to expend toward more destructive manifestations of this instinct. Whatever you are currently perceiving or thinking about is in your conscious mind: preconscious: memories, dreams and thoughts you could easily bring to mind if you so desired. This information is stored in the preconscious mind. Any piece of information that you are not presently thinking about, but that could easily be retrieved and made conscious is found here: unconscious: is the third and largest part of the human mind.

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