Freud's Model of Personality 101

Conscious: intact awareness of one’s surroundings and the emitting stimulation that attends

Preconscious: buffer zone for information to process for interacting with the conscious world

Unconscious: deep level of thought operating without guidance or direction; operates unknown to individual

Id: inborn component of human personality driven by pure instincts; must be satisfied

Ego: rational component of the personality that works for the id to satisfy needs with reasonable measure of reality

Superego: consists of one’s internalized moral standards; controls the ego that may not always distinguish right from wrong

Eros: positive, biological instincts for vitality; respiration, hunger, sex; assists the propagation of species

Thanatos: negative, destructive instincts; arson, fighting, sadism, murder, masochism, etc.

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