Freudian Vocabulary

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Some Essential Freudian Concepts Instinct —An innate biological drive toward some action or goal. Instincts have an object and a supply of mental energy to accomplish their goal. Erotic or Sexual Instinct —The instinct to receive intense physical pleasure from various parts of the body. At different stages of development, we focus on different parts of our bodies as pleasure centers. Libido —The sum of mental energy supplied by the instincts. Pleasure Principle —The motivation to satisfy all our instinctual desires immediately and as often as possible. Reality Principle —Mediating the instinctual drives of the Id and the problems encountered in the external world in satisfying these drives. Displacement —A transfer of mental energy between instincts and their objects. Instincts can displace energy quite easily. Defense Mechanism —A psychical defense against anxiety producing events, whether the source of these events are internal or external.
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Unformatted text preview: There are quite a few defense mechanism that we all employ to various degrees throughout our lives. Here are a few: DenialDenying the existence of some threatening event to reduce anxiety. Example: A woman whos afraid of the doctor denies that shes ill. RepressionBlocking out the memory of a traumatic event. Example: Repressing childhood abuse. SublimationDisplacing or redirecting the energy from an unacceptable instinct into a non-instinctual behavior that is more acceptable. Example: an artist who pours his sexual energy into a portrait of a woman he cant have. Wish FulfillmentWishing to do or to change something you cant. Example: Wishing you had said something witty to the person who insulted you. Reaction FormationHaving a desire that is so frightening, we change our reaction to the opposite extreme of hate or disgust. Example: homophobia. Siggy...
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This note was uploaded on 04/25/2008 for the course PL 1098 taught by Professor Thorn during the Spring '08 term at Rockhurst.

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