Major Movements in Psychology

Psychoanalytic Theory

What is Freud’s topological model?

In Freud’s topological model, the mind is divided into three sections, the unconscious, the pre-conscious and the conscious. In the unconscious, the individual is not aware of the contents of the mind. Here forbidden and dangerous wishes reside, safely out of awareness. In the pre-conscious, mental content is capable of entering into consciousness but is not currently there. There is no block between conscious and pre-conscious as there is between the conscious and the unconscious. The conscious part of the mind contains all the mental content that is in our awareness. It is very small compared to the unconscious.


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