Dual Nature/Split Personality Research Paper

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The Effects of the Human Mind on an Individual
Nature is complex and results to the ornate workings of the human mind. Theories can be explained through Sigmund Freud’s scientific analysis and experiments. His theory of repression is expressed by the parts of the human mind: id, ego, and superego. Complications of the mind are responsible for split personality and dual nature of man which allows contradicting natures to coexist in one man. In the novella, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, by Robert Balfour Louis Stevenson, the intricate malfunctions in the human mind are explored through id, ego, superego, and social and scientific interference of the world.

Freud established the theory of repression to inform others on how to analyze the ways a person behaves. He is the creator of the structural model of personality and believed that the bulk of what is acquainted in a life, the concealed emotions, beliefs and feelings are not accessible in the conscious state, but lay in the unconscious level. His theory explains the mind’s structure and the horizontal division between the conscious and unconscious, and the vertical division between three aspects called id, ego, and superego. The id is the part of a person which obtains the fundamental cravings. Freud states that everyone is born with their id to allow them to get their basic needs and pleasures met. The main idea of the id is that it desires whatever satisfies it without contemplating other conditions of the situation. The id is represented by a devil sitting on one’s shoulder influencing the ego to base its behavior on how it will gratify one self. The superego is the part of one’s traits that represents the morals and determines right decisions from wrong. It is developed due to moral and righteous self-control allotted by one’s caretaker. The superego is represented by an angel assisting the ego on how to make decisions based on the effect it will put on society. The last part, the ego,...
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