in psychoanalysis, a method of exploring the unconscious in which the person relaxes and says whatever comes to mind, no matter how trivial or embarrassing
Freud's theory of personality that attributes thoughts and actions to unconscious motives and conflicts; the techniques used in treating psychological disorders by seeking to expose and interpret unconscious tensions
according to Freud, a reservoir of mostly unacceptable thoughts, wishes, feelings and memories. According to contemporary psychologists, information processing of which we are unaware
contains a reservoir of unconscious psychic energy that according to Freud, strives to satisfy basic sexual and aggressive drives. The id operates on the pleasure principal--demanding immediate gratification.
Born with it. Energy source: thanatos
largely conscious, "executive" part of personality that Freud says mediates among the demands of the id, superego, and reality. operates on the reality principle--satisfying ids desires in ways that realistically bring pleasure rather than pain
the part of the personality that, according to Freud, represents internalized ideals and provides standards for judgment (the conscience) and for future aspirations