Freud’s Theory Of Personality: Discover Your Inner Desires

Who are you? What makes you who you are? How do your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors affect the people around you? If these are questions that interest you, then Sigmund Freud’s theory of personality is worth exploring. This theory focuses on understanding the inner desires that motivate our actions. By understanding what drives us, we can learn to better manage our thoughts and emotions, as well as improve our relationships with others. So, if you’re ready to explore the fascinating world of Freudian psychology, read on!

Who Is Sigmund Freud?

Sigmund Freud was an Austrian neurologist and the founder of psychoanalysis, a clinical method for treating psychopathology through dialogue between a patient and a psychoanalyst.

Freud was born to Jewish Galician parents in the Austrian Empire. He qualified as a doctor of medicine in 1881 at the University of Vienna. In 1885, Freud went to work at the Vienna General Hospital. He was promoted to full professor in 1902.

In creating psychoanalysis, Freud developed therapeutic techniques such as the use of free association and discovered transference, establishing its central role in the analytic process. Freud’s redefinition of sexuality to include its infantile forms led him to formulate the Oedipus complex as the central tenet of psychoanalytical theory. Freud’s work has suffused contemporary Western thought and popular culture. His ideas were first popularized in English by British physician Havelock Ellis, then expanded upon by American psychologist William James.

What are Sigmund Freud’s main theories?

Sigmund Freud is best known for his theories of the unconscious mind and the mechanisms of repression. He proposed that there are two basic drives that motivate human behavior: the sex drive and the aggression drive. His theory of the unconscious mind postulates that there are three levels of awareness: the conscious, preconscious, and unconscious. Freud believed that human behavior is determined by the interplay of these three levels of awareness.

Freud’s theory of repression posits that certain thoughts, memories, and impulses are too painful for the conscious mind to deal with, so they are pushed into the unconscious mind. This theory can help to explain why some people have difficulty dealing with certain traumas or memories.

Freud’s work has had a significant impact on our understanding of human behavior, but it has also been criticized for its emphasis on the role of sexuality in human development. Critics have also argued that Freud’s theories are based on a limited number of case studies and are difficult to test scientifically. Nonetheless, Freud’s work remains an important part of psychology and continues to be studied and debated by psychologists today.

What are the types of personality in the theory of Sigmund Freud?

There are three types of personality in the theory of Sigmund Freud: Id, ego, and super-ego.

The id is the unconscious part of the mind that contains our basic needs and impulses. The ego is the conscious part of the mind that tries to satisfy these needs in a realistic way. The super-ego is the moral part of the mind that tells us what we should and should not do.

Freud believed that our personality is determined by the way these three parts of the mind interact with each other. For example, if the id wants something that the ego knows is not realistic, the super-ego may tell us to do it anyway because it is morally right.

How does Sigmund Freud’s theory affect the personality of a person?

Sigmund Freud’s theory of the unconscious mind is one of the most influential theories in modern psychology. It has affected not only our understanding of personality, but also our approach to treatment and therapy. Freud believed that the unconscious mind was responsible for many of our thoughts, feelings, and behaviours. This means that our personality is shaped by the things that we are not aware of. For example, if we have a fear of heights, it is because there is something in our unconscious mind that is causing this fear. Freud’s theory has helped us to understand the importance of the unconscious mind in shaping our personality. It has also helped us to develop effective treatments for many mental disorders.

How are personalities formed according to Sigmund Freud?

According to Sigmund Freud, personalities are formed through a process of “psychoanalysis.” This process involves uncovering and understanding the hidden meaning behind our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. It is through this understanding that we are able to change our behavior and develop healthier, more well-rounded personalities. Freud believed that our personalities are shaped by our early childhood experiences, and that the majority of our personality is formed by the time we reach adolescence. He also believed that we repress certain aspects of our personality that we deem to be unacceptable, which can lead to psychological problems later on in life. Psychoanalysis is a lengthy and intensive process, but it can be incredibly helpful in allowing us to understand and change our behavior.

Personality Theories: From Freud to Frankl by C. George Boeree (Author)

Personality Theories is a comprehensive exploration of the history and many disciplines that comprise personality theory. Beginning with classic theories such as Freud’s psychoanalysis, Jung’s archetypes, Adler’s individual psychology, Erikson’s psychosocial development model, Skinner’s operant conditioning, Bandura’s social learning theory, and Rogers’ person-centered therapy, the book then moves on to more modern theories including Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, self-actualization, and positive psychology.

Each chapter provides an overview of the theory along with its major concepts, applications, criticisms, and contributions to the field of personality psychology. The book also includes a glossary of key terms and a timeline of major events in the history of personality theory.

With its clear explanations and historical context, Personality Theories is an essential resource for students and practitioners alike.

George Boeree is a Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Shippensburg University. He has authored numerous books on personality theory, including Theories of Personality and A History of Modern Psychology.


Although Freud’s theory of personality is more than 100 years old, it still has a lot to offer modern-day psychologists. His theories about the unconscious mind and the role of desires in shaping our behavior are still being studied and applied today. If you’re interested in learning more about your own inner desires, or if you want to understand yourself better, I encourage you to read some of Freud’s work. It may just change the way you look at yourself (and others) forever.