Freud's Tripartite Model of the Human Psyche

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In the opinion of Sigmund Freud, literature's purpose is to reveal the unconscious fantasies of the author, critic, reader or character. His tripartite model of the human psyche can be seen in the characters of nearly any piece of literature or film. These "characters" are known as the id, the ego, and the superego. The id is the predominantly passionate, irrational, unknown and unconscious part of the psyche. It follows impulses that seek gratification and acts in a very irrational manner. Contrarily, the superego makes moral judgments and acts as the censor of inappropriate desires, working through punishment in the form of guilt and fear. The third component of Freud's theory is the ego, which is the predominantly rational, logical, orderly and conscious part of the psyche. It tries to decipher a compromise between the two extremes of the id and the superego. The ego is in a constant state of conflict.
If you were to apply this psychoanalytic theory to your own life, you may do so in terms of this upcoming psychology exam. The id would look for distractions and ways to procrastinate your studying. According to Freud, your id is the character that causes you to get sidetracked on Facebook for multiple hours instead of reading your textbook and filling out the study guide. Oppositely, your superego is the voice inside your head telling you to hunker down and concentrate. Your superego is the one that tells you to close your laptop and isolate yourself from distractions until you have completely finished studying. The ego listens to both sides of the continuum and decides what the best compromise will be. Most likely, your ego will agree with the superego that you must study hard, yet at the same time have some fun with the id. Your ego might tell you to study without distractions for a certain amount of time, but then after that specific point is reached, you have earned yourself a brief break before resuming to your studies.

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What do modern psychologists think of Freud's personality theory? Nice application to class. Tell us what the video is and why we should go there (give a summary).

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