Thursday, February 10, 2011
After reading the Freud packets, I decided to do some more research on his theories of the "pleasure principle." As stated in the packet about dream analysis, Freud believed all behavior was motivated by desire for pleasure. Freud believed that humans had two instincts: sexuality and aggression. Additionally, Freud identified the "id" as the source of "libido", or sex drive, the only structure in the brain at the time of birth. After birth, part of the id becomes translated into "ego". Freud also believed the brain was composed of an Oedipal complex, developed in the "phalic stage" of children ages 3 to 6. Freud definitely had interesting views on humans' sexual needs and conscious/subconscious sexual desires.