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Personality: an individual’s relatively stable and enduring pattern of thoughts, feelings, and actions. Relatively stable – personality changes (especially with age), however, there is a consistency with your personality. Enduring – over the long haul, there are going to be certain features of personality that will continue over a person’s lifespan. Three Key Concepts Psychic determinism: psychoanalytic assumption that all feelings, thoughts, and actions have a purpose and are determined by past events. o You behave the way you do today because of the things that happened in the past. Unconscious Motivation: that behavior is determined by desires goals and internal states of which an individual is unaware, because they are buried deep within the unconscious. o Two forces: life force expressed through sex and sexual energy. Death instinct expressed through aggression. Libido: the instinctual (and sexual) life force that works on the pleasure principle. Psychoanalytic Theory: Structure of Consciousness Conscious – thoughts, feelings, and actions we are aware of. Preconscious – mental activity we can become aware of through recall. Unconscious – mental activity beyond our awareness.
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This note was uploaded on 03/11/2011 for the course PSYCH 001 taught by Professor Benbassi during the Spring '08 term at GWU.

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