Sigmund Freud's View Of The Mind Analysis

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How did Freud’s view of the mind relate to his methods as a therapist? In order to unravel the path that led Sigmund Freud to develop his methods as a therapist, it is vital to first know his view of the mind. It is important that this includes examining his influences as this is where he learnt the principles which he later based his own theories on, eventually becoming world renowned as the father of psychoanalysis. Freud started life in Moravia, which is now known as the Czech Republic, born on 6th May 1856. His family moved to Vienna in 1860 while he was a young child, he grew up there, and eventually enrolled to study Medicine at the University of Vienna in 1873, and graduated in 1881 (The Essentials of Psycho-Analysis, Sigmund Freud, …show more content…
The id is the “reflecting base (with) primary instinctual needs demanding instant gratification” (Topics in the History of Psychology, volume 2, G.A.Kimle, K. Schlesinger, p228) and is concerned in seeking out pleasure. Where as the ego is “governed by the reality principle” (Topics in the History of Psychology, volume 2, G.A.Kimle, K. Schlesinger, p228) and its role is to repress and control the id. Finally, the superego is somewhere between the two and is the moral conscience. The superego also holds the image of the ideal self, which is a mental picture of what one should aim to be. The way Freud viewed the roles of the id, ego and superego within the mind was crucial to him developing his methods as a therapist. Essentially, everything Freud theorised can be explained using the tripartite theory. Although he did not publish this completely until 1923, it is cleat in his earlier works that his view was forming. It is arguably the most important principle Freud has of how the mind works and it explains how his methods work in a scientific …show more content…
For example, in order for these methods to be convincing as therapy, one must first believe Freud on how the mind works, including his views concerning the id, ego, and superego, and repression, as well as the link between the physical symptoms of a patient and the unconscious desires and memories. So, it is very obvious that Freud 's views on the mind where absolutely vital in relation to his methods as a therapist. Bibliography The Essentials of Psycho-Analysis, Sigmund Freud, penguin books, 1986
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