the unconscious mind

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what is stored in the conscious mind?
thoughts and perceptions
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when are we aware of the conscious mind?
constantly
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what is stored in the preconscious mind?
memories and stored knowledge
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when are we aware of the preconscious mind?
can become aware when necessary
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what is stored in the unconscious mind?
immoral urges, shameful experiences, selfish desires, violent motives, irrational wishes, fears
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when are we aware of the unconscious mind?
never
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what does this theory attempt to explain?
behaviours such as Freudian slips
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how did Freud come up with this theory?
he studied the development of the adult personality through psychosexual stages during childhood
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what is the libido?
the life instinct, the positive force
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what is the thanatos?
the death instinct, the negative force
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what is psychic energy?
consequence of instincts/emotions that enables them to motivate behaviour
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what is the catharsis?
the release of stored psychic energy that can reduce negative effects
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what is the id?
instinct, pleasure principle, innate
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what is the ego?
logic, reality principle, acquired at 2-3 years through encounters with authority
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what is the superego?
society's rules, morality principle, acquired at around 5 years through identification with the same sex parent
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why does the theory lack credibility?
it is only Freuds opinion, and nobody can access the unconscious mind
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