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PERSONALITY DEVELOPMENT The idea that one can understand and comprehend the development of an individual is profound and abstruse but very few people have actually had success dealing with such a topic From obstacles such as proper test subjects to the whole stigma of taboo attached in trying to understand the human mind researchers and psychologists have had success One of the most notable successes is that of Sigmund Freud the father of modern psychology as we know it Freuds in depth pioneering journey into the minds of people and how the mind itself develops with the passing of time and events Other modern psychologists have elaborated on Freud including the psychologists Erik Erikson and Karen Horney Their thoughts on the personality development of people relate directly to Kate Chopins book The Awakening In this book the theories discussed by Freud and his successors are shown explicitly and implicitly Obviously Sigmund Freuds work in the field of personality development was by far the most prolific and controversial The father of modern psychology Freud broke all barriers to expose what he thought to be the real reasons for human behavior His theories of personality development can best start with the discussion of the conscious and the unconscious mind The conscious mindalong with the lesser preconscious mindis that part of the mind that one has control or knowledge of Ironically this is the least part of the mind that one has control over The so called subconscious mind is the part of the mind that lurks beneath the surface filled with instincts emotions and unfulfilled desires Shaffer 26 The total human mind is divided into the famous three parts of the Id the ego and the superego The Id can be correlated directly to the subconscious since it contains ones innermost thoughts feelings and desires or as Freud would call them wishes The Id represents ones innermost and primitive desires such as food
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