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Id

Related: ego - human nature - instinct - unconscious

The history of civilization is the history of a long warfare between the dangerous and powerful forces of the Dionysian id, and the various systems of Apollonian taboos and inhibitions which man has erected to control them. [May 2006]

Definition

The Id (Latin, "it" in English, "Es" in the original German) represented primary process thinking -- our most primitive need gratification type thoughts. The Id, Freud stated, constitutes part of one's unconscious mind. It acts on primitive instinctual urges (sex, hunger, anger, etc.). --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ego%2C_Superego_and_Id#Id [Feb 2004]

The Id (Latin, "it" in English, "Es" in the original German) represented primary process thinking our most primitive need gratification type thoughts. The Id, Freud stated, constitutes part of one's unconscious mind. It is organized around primitive instinctual urges of sexuality, aggression and the desire for instant gratification or release. Freud borrowed the term Id from the "Book of the Id" by Georg Groddeck, a pathfinder of psychosomatic. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ego%2C_Superego_and_Id#The_Id [Apr 2005]

Pleasure principle

The pleasure principle and the reality principle are two psychoanalytical terms coined by Sigmund Freud.

Respectively, the desire for immediate gratification versus the deferral of that gratification. Quite simply, the pleasure principle drives one to seek pleasure and to avoid pain. However, as one matures, one begins to learn the need sometimes to endure pain and to defer gratification because of the exigencies and obstacles of reality: "An ego thus educated has become reasonable; it no longer lets itself be governed by the pleasure principle, but obeys the reality principle, which also at bottom seeks to obtain pleasure, but pleasure which is assured through taking account of reality, even though it is pleasure postponed and diminished" (Sigmund Freud, Introductory Lectures 16.357). --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pleasure_principle [Apr 2006]

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