The theory is harder to apply to a more severe type

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The theory is harder to apply to a more severe type of  disorder:   Psychosis :  an extreme mental disturbance involving  distorted perceptions of reality and irrational behavior;   basically, a complete break with reality. Freud said that personality is divided into 3 parts, ID EGO , and SUPEREGO .  They are always in conflict but  most of the time the conflict is unconscious.
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The Id Contains life instincts (sex, hunger, thirst, etc.) and  death instincts (aggressive, destructive tendencies). Libido :  sexual energy that fuels the entire  personality; needed for everyday life. Pleasure Principle : seeks immediate gratification of  impulses regardless of consequences. Pleasure = reduction in tension.  Tension increases if  we don’t release energy from impulses. Everything in the id is unconscious (intensity of desires,  goals that would give the most satisfaction).
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The Ego Logical, rational.  Executive of personality:  determines where, when,  and how impulses are expressed.
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  • Spring '05
  • HALL
  • Psychology, The Ego and the Id

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