July 21, 2011
Freud’s Psychoanalytic Perspective
According to theorist Sigmund Freud, there are three perspectives a person may have that can shape their behavior; the “Id”, “Ego”, or “Super-Ego”. Each of these personalities can have a drastic affect on a person’s decisions, attitude, and ultimately their relationships with others. One person can have the majority of their personality based on just one of these factors, or they can have a mixture of all three. Each person is different, but based on what I have noticed, I would say most people would generally fall into one of these categories most of the time. My friend, Eric, would probably be a great example of the “Super-Ego”. He has always been a workaholic. Many times I have had to pry him away from work, just so he can get some rest. Being dedicated is a great quality in a person, but not to the point were they stress themselves out all the time. Your body needs rest in order to function properly, so if you work eighteen hour shifts every day, you are posing a threat to your health. Eric had the great opportunity to purchase a home at the age of thirty which is a remarkable accomplishment, but since then, he has convinced himself that he must have the house paid off by the time he is thirty-five years old. I admire his ambition and determination, but I also realize that he might have set himself up for failure. This goal he is trying to reach seems almost impossible, unless he works double shifts for five years straight. Despite my advice, he still insists on achieving his goal, but I hope it does not end up affecting his health in the process. Contradictory to what Eric says, he does not make time for a relationship either. He signed himself up on a dating network, hoping to find a special someone, yet he has no time to even meet anyone. He has constantly mentioned that he hopes to find someone that he would be happy with, but since he continues to work...
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