Conditions, Instincts and Egos Essay by mccarthy

Conditions, Instincts and Egos
This paper investigates human nature from a psychological and philosophical perspective.
# 11227 | 2,795 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on May 17, 2003 in Psychology (Behaviorism) , Psychology (Freud) , Psychology (Jung)

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This essay discusses whether it is possible for a person to be truly free or whether we are bound to some external force that we can not yet explain. The human mind is very complex and thus is unpredictable. It has qualities that can not be analyzed by looking at nerve cells or doing psychological profiling. The author discusses some of the popular psychological and philosophical theories to date which try to explain who and what we are.

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"Freud came to the conclusion that included the now widely known "super ego".The superego consists of two parts, the conscience and the ego-ideal. The conscience is the familiar metaphor of angel and devil on each shoulder. The conscience decides what course of action one should take. The ego-ideal is an idealized view of one's self. Comparisons are made between the ego-ideal and one's actual behavior. Both parts of the super-ego mature with experience with others, or via social interactions. According to Freud, a strong super-ego serves to inhibit the biological instincts of the id, while a weak super-ego gives in to the id's urgings. Further, the levels of guilt in the two cases above will be high and low, respectively."

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