Basics of psychoanalytic perspective

There are three key subsystems within the personality of an individual: the Id, ego, and superego. Id is the source of instinctual drives of two types: (a) constructive drives, and (b) destructive drives. Therefore, life, or constructive, instincts are opposed by death, or destructive, instincts. The Id is completely selfish and demands immediate gratification of […]

Ego-defense mechanisms

Ego is the self, particularly the individual’s conception of oneself. It is capable to cope with anxiety by rational measures in most instances and if these are not sufficient,however, the ego resorts to irrational protective measures ,such as, rationalization, projection, denial of reality etc. These are referred to as ego-defense mechanisms as these alleviate the […]