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According to Sigmund Freuds structural theory of the mind the id the ego and the superego function in different levels of consciousness There is a constant movement of memories and impulses from one level to another The id is the unconscious storage area of our drives which are constantly active Ruled by the pleasure principle the id demands immediate satisfaction of all its urges regard- less of what undesirable effects may be caused The ego operates mainly in cons- cious and preconscious levels The ego also contains unconscious elements both the ego and the superego evolved from the id Ruled by the reality principle the ego takes care of the ids urges as soon as the adequate situation is found Inapp- ropriate desires are not satisfied but they are repressed Only partially conscious the superego serves as a censor on the ego functions and causes the individuals guilty feelings and fear of punishment to appear Fear arises in response to an actual danger which may cause anxiety Anxiety is a State of intense apprehension uncertainty and fear resulting from the anticipation of a threatening event or situation often to a degree that the normal physical and psychological functioning of the affected individual is disrupted In other words it is a feeling of dread or a panic attack Some of the symptoms of anxiety may be palpitations dry mouth dilatation of the pupils shortness of breath sweating abdominal symptoms tightness in the throat trembling and dizziness The psychological symptoms also include irritability difficulty with concentration and restlessness release of forbidden impulses or memories looking for gratification are felt as threatening and provoke anxiety The same is true in relation to deeply
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