Freud’s three aspects of personality are the id, ego, and superego. All three have had an influence on the development of my adult personality, which I describe as thoughtful and logical. An experience I had growing up that contributed to my personality today will be discussed in terms of all three components of Freud’s personality theory.
When I was seven years old, my younger brother and I got into an argument. I remember shoving my younger brother to the ground and then sitting on him to make sure he couldn’t get up again, pushing his face to the floor. I don’t remember the reason I felt like I needed to pin him, but I wanted to so I did. While my little brother was crying and yelling at me, my mother came running into the room to see what had happened. From the look on her face I knew I was going to be in trouble. She made sure my brother wasn’t injured and yelled at me to go to my room. About 20 minutes later she came in and asked me why I had done these things to my much younger brother. I told her I didn’t know. She then did something surprising by explaining why she had yelled at me and sent me to my room. My mother explained that what I had done was dangerous (he could have been seriously injured by being shoved, and semi-asphyxiated) and it wasn’t right to put another person in danger like that. The punishment for my action was to be separated from my brother for the rest of the night, by staying in my room. The fact that she was explaining what I had done wrong and why I was being punished really stuck out in my mind and became a model for me in my own behavior as a mother.
According to Freud, the id is the impulsive side of the personality. The goal of the id is to gain instant satisfaction. My personality as a child was definitely not thoughtful, but rather instinctual and immediate. If my id were controlling me as a mother, then when my children acted out my reaction would be to start screaming at them and shoving them because I felt like...
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