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Freud's three levels of mind

Freud believed that behaviour and personality came from the interaction of conflicting psychological forces that works at three levels of awareness:

  • Preconscious. It consists of anything that could potentially be brought into the conscious mind.
  • Conscious mind. It contains all the thoughts, memories, feelings, and wishes we are aware of at any given moment.
  • Unconscious mind. It is a reservoir of feelings, thoughts, urges, and memories that we are not consciously aware of. In includes unacceptable or unpleasant feelings, such as pain, anxiety, or conflict.

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Sigmund Freud was the founder of the psychoanalytic theory. His work had a profound influence on psychology, sociology, anthropology, literature, and even art.

According to Freud, thoughts and emotions outside of our awareness continue to influence our behaviour, even if we are unaware of it. The unconscious can include repressed feelings, hidden memories, habits, thoughts, desires, and reactions.

Preconscious memories are unrepressed memories that we extract for a specific purpose.

The conscious and unconscious minds can be understood by what is known as a slip of the tongue.

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