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Sigmund Freud Theories

Topic: Major theories of Sigmund Freud .

1) Structure of the psyche or mind: Conscious, Preconscious and Unconscious.

2) Later created a second scheme psychical: It, Ego and Super-ego.

3) Theory of instincts : Freud initially claimed that exist, the sexual instinct and aggressive instinct. Then Freud talked of the Thanatos (destructive force) and the Eros (life force).

4) Oedipus complex: the child experienced a kind of “love” to her mother and considered, at that time, the father as a rival in the affection and attention of the mother.

The same situation occurs in reverse in girls.

5) The Libido: force that represents the sexual instinct, understood not in genital sense, but in a broader sense.

The development of the libido from birth to adulthood comprises the following phases:

  • Oral , until the end of the first year in which libidinal energy is focused in the mouth.
  • Anal, until three years or so.
  • Phallic , in which the libido moves the phallus and lasts up to five years or less.
  • Phase Latency , which seems to be a decrease in libidinal interests.
  • Genital libido focuses on the genitals. This last stage lasts from early adolescence to adulthood.

Besides the above, Freud studied the meanning of the dreams, hysterical neurosis, obsessional neurosis, anxiety, phobias, etc.


(Edited by María Moya Guirao, M.D.)


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Oedipus Complex

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for Psychoanalysis the Oedipus complex is the love to the mother and hostile rivalry to the father ?
Sigmund Freud, the famous psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, discovered two trends in childhood (3 to 5 years) love the opposite sex parent and hostility to same-sex parent. That is, the child experiences a keen love for his mother, who is at that time the female person more worthy of interest. Simultaneously experiencing aggression against his father, which sees a successful rival, whose strength the child admires and envy.

Girls also experience it, but love is directed toward the father and hostility toward the mother.

Sigmund Freud took the name Oedipus Complex from Greek mythology.

(Edited by Dr. María Moya Guirao, MD)

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