“The Ego and the Id” is a groundbreaking work of psychoanalytic theory by Sigmund Freud, originally published in German in 1923. This particular edition is the first English-language paperback edition and was released on January 6, 2010.
In this seminal text, Freud explores the concept of the psyche as comprising three distinct parts: the id, the ego, and the superego. He argues that these three elements interact to shape an individual’s personality, behavior, and mental health.
The id, according to Freud, represents our primitive, instinctual drives, such as the desire for pleasure and the avoidance of pain. The ego, on the other hand, mediates between the id’s impulses and the demands of reality, allowing us to act in socially acceptable ways. Finally, the superego serves as our internalized moral compass, instilling a sense of guilt or shame when we violate societal norms.
“The Ego and the Id” is considered a landmark text in the field of psychoanalysis and has had a profound influence on modern psychology and the way we understand human behavior. This paperback edition is a must-read for anyone interested in Freudian theory, psychoanalysis, or the history of psychology.
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