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Archetypes Jung’s term for the universal forms that we encounter in our lives, such as mother, father, god, hero, and leader.
Collectivism Trait wherein one works for the goals of a group.
Defense Mechanism devices used by the ego to avoid pain or reduce anxiety.
Ego Freud’s term for the cognitive and perceptual processes that are in touch with reality.
Id Freud’s term for the part of the unconscious mind containing the biological and sexual drives.
Individualism trait wherin one works for personal and individual goals.
Inferiority complex mental state that occurs whena person’s conscious thoughts are dominated by an inability to succed.
Morality Principle Principle upon which the superego acts; a combination of conscience and moral self-image.
Overcompensation behavior that is more than what is required to overcome a sense of inferiority.
Persona according to Jung, the image of ourselves that we present to others.
Personality relatively stable patterns of thinking feeling, and acting that an individual posseses.
Pleasure Principle drive to satisfy needs and avoid pain; principle upon which the id acts.
Preconscious part of the mind from which information from the unconscious can be retrived by the conscious mind.
Reality Principle recognition of the real environment; what the ego tempers the needs of the id with.
Self-Concept our thoughts and feelings about the type of person we are.
Superego Freud’s term for the part of the mind that engages in ethical decision making and moral reasoning.
Trait characteristic of personality that remains fairly stable over time
Type set of traits that an individual typically demonstrates.
Unconditional Positive Regard love given by a parent regardless of the behavior of a child.
Unconscious according to psychoanalysis, the part of the mind that contains thoughts, feelings and desires of which we are mostly unaware.