A therapeutic technique that attempts to provide insight into thoughts and actions by exposing and interpreting the underlying unconscious motives and conflicts.
View of personality that retains some aspects of Freudian theory but is less likely to see unresolved childhood conflicts as a source of personality development.
Method of exploring the unconscious in which the person relaxes and says whatever comes to mind, no matter how trivial or embarrassing.
Region of the mind holding information that is not conscious but is retrievable into conscious awareness.
Region of the mind that is a reservoir of mostly unacceptable thoughts, wishes, feelings, and memories.
Part of personality that consists of unconcious, psychic energy and strives to satisfy basic sexual and aggressive drives; operates on the pleasure principle, demanding immediate gratification.
Part of personality that represents internalized ideals and provides standards for judgement and for future aspirations.
Largely conscious, "executive" part of personality that mediates among the demands of the other two parts and reality; operates on the reality principle, satisfying the id's desires in ways that will realistically bring pleasure rather than pain.
In psychoanalytic theory, the ego's protective methods of reducing anxiety by unconsciously distorting reality.
Childhood stages of development during which the id's pleasure-seeking energies focus on different parts of the body.
Neo-Freudian who thought social tensions were more important than sexual tensions in the development of personality.
A condition the comes from being unable to compensate for normal inferiority feelings.
Neo-Freudian who found psychoanalysis negatively biased toward women and believed cultural variables are the foundation of personality development.
Personality test that provides ambiguos stimuli to trigger projection of inner thoughts and feelings.
Perspective that focuses on the study of concious experience, the individual's freedom to choose, and the individual's capacity for personal growth.
The ultimate psychological need that arises after basic physical and psychological needs are met and self-esteem is achieved; the motivation to fulfill potential.
Humanistic psychologist who stressed the impotance of acceptance, genuineness, and empathy in fostering human growth.
All our thoughts and feelings about ourselves in ana answer to the question, "Who am I?"