Conny Jasper

What I Learned from Sigmund Freud

Posted on: April 7, 2015

Freud is known as the founder of modern psychology, and many of his ideas have influenced our views of human behavior. His most widely known concepts involve the unconscious mind and the id, ego, and superego.

We all have layers of feelings and thoughts and different levels of awareness of these phenomena. If you do not know why you feel or behave a certain way, it is because these forces are unconscious.

So, for example, if you feel depressed, but do not know the reason, you are not fully in tune with yourself. When the cause of your feelings remains unconscious, your emotions control you. But when you become completely aware, you can control them.

The same applies to the id, ego, and superego. The id is impulse and base drives, the ego is reason and realism, and the superego is the conscience and learned social standards.

The objective is to strengthen one’s ability to reason and be realistic in order to balance the other aspects of the self.

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