Freud`s initial conceptualization of personality

Freud`sinitial conceptualization of personality

Freud`sInitial Conceptualization of Personality

SigmundFreud goes down in history as being the father of psychiatry. TheFreudian theory of personality, which has the consideration of beingthe most engaging and far-reaching personality schema in the field ofpsychology, is by far his best accomplishment (Kline,2013).Consequently, the theory has been the focus of differentinterpretations, modifications and additions because of its focalpoints. In my opinion, despite the many reincarnations, the Freudiantheory has received its fair share of criticisms such as itsperceived sexism but has remained relevant today in many of the hotsocietal topics. It puts across the fact that childhood developmentplays a critical role in determining most of the human suffering, anotion that I entirely agree with. Additionally, Freud placedemphasis on the existing five stages of psychosexual development tolay firm support to his claims (Kline,2013).

Incomparison to other psychoanalysts such as alder and Jung, theFreudian theory is far too simple to explain the various complexitiesand intricacies of the mind. The theory has the perception of being amodel whose predominant focus is simplifying an entirelysophisticated psychoanalytic theory to an easily understandable andexplainable concept. However, the theory in comparison to otherapproaches is largely generalized and often fails to leave adequateand the much-needed room for concessions to the general rule. Additionally, the Freud’s theory has often been touted as beingsexist compared to the other psychoanalytic theories. In my opinion,I find it difficult to believe that unresolved Electra and Oedipalcomplexes to be the direct cause of all mental problems.Additionally, I tend to think that the sexism in the theory resultedfrom sexual biases against women during the era of its development.


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