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As a budding student of psychology my early education focused largely on Freudian conceptions I find Freuds and ideas and focuses to be very accurate and interesting I do believe that many of his theories require updating to be effective in therapy in todays society I believe that this theory is of benefit in dealing with responsibility His development of the components of personality shows the internal conflict that we face when we make decisions As we mature we work from work component to another moving from purely seeking out our desires to considering the ramifications to doing what is right I find that the defense mechanisms illustrated are evident in everyday life When I study for finals and become frustrated I head to the gym to take out my frustrations displacement Defense mechanisms when used in a therapeutic way help to deal with our stressors and problems What I really think is most beneficial to this theory is that it has been expanded from Freuds original standpoint The idea that personality is based largely on the first 6 yrs of life is a very bleak and narrow outlook in my opinion I agree more with Ericksons view that growth occurs continuously throughout life I see Ericksons model as being more adaptive and personalized whereas Mahlers is too generalized People have the power to be who they want to be thus using the stages of development to become who they want to be Jungs perspective also is very accurate I agree totally that we let go of many behaviors and values we developed early on to find significance in our lives I see this occurring within myself My family has a strong party ethic so to speak Being raised in a chemically dependent family a great amount of value was placed on your partying behavior who could drink the most ect While I took on this value early in my teens when I became a
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