Freud and the Bible

Sigmund Freud theorized that human beings are internally comprised of three parts:  the Id, Ego, and Superego.  He depicted the Id as humanity's primitive impulses or drives that seek expression.  The Superego is humanity's conscience and is socialized by external influences such as parents, religions, teachers, etc.  In between the two stands the conscious self, the Ego, who serves as an arbiter between the Id and Superego.   Internal conflict arises when the Id seeks expression in the conscious self, but is suppressed by the Superego.  The Superego is seen as the source of conflict since it hinders the counselee from following their Id's desires.  Therefore the counselor sides with the counselee's Id and attacks the various influences which bolster the Superego's stand against the Id's desires.

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