Unconscious memories wishes and instincts desires

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Unconscious :  memories, wishes, and instincts  (desires) that are too threatening or painful to bring to  consciousness. Three Levels of the Mind
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According to Freud, much of what people do, think and  feel is really a way of avoiding anxiety. Anxiety is the way the body signals us that we face a  threatening situation. For Freud, the threat comes from the unconscious: an  unacceptable sexual or aggressive impulse. Protecting ourselves from this anxiety is normal and  natural.  Carried to an extreme, it becomes a  psychological disorder: Neurosis :  a disorder in which one’s efforts to avoid anxiety  interfere with or limit normal human functioning;  it involves  self-punishing, self-defeating behavior, and  emotional  or   physical symptoms.
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Freud based his theory mainly on a small number of  neurotic patients.  He assumed that they were like normal  individuals; they just went too far in their efforts to avoid  anxiety.
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