An Essay Evolves / Draft conclusion
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Draft conclusion

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Why a draft conclusion before the body has been written? I explain on my blog.


This discussion has been shown that the psychoanalytic theory of personality is an ambitious one, attempting to unify its external manifestations (traits) with their origins deep within our neurophysiology. It is all the more ambitious given that it was originated without a contemporary understanding of the nervous system or modern technological tools. Freud’s work has always been controversial, which may be due to the times in which he lived, the sexual emphasis of his hypothesis, his methodology, or the fact that it suggests an unwelcome irrational aspect to every thought and behaviour. It has certainly attracted harsh criticism. However, cognitive neuroscientists and trait theorists are among those who have recently shown an interest in its scientific examination. Findings have been mixed, but contrary to received wisdom, psychoanalytic theory has shown itself as being amenable to this kind of appraisal. Support has been found for several aspects of the theory, including the notion of a dynamic unconscious, motivation by primitive drives, oral and anal personalities, and repression as a psychological defence mechanism. Methodologies have also been suggested by which other aspects of the theory, such as a lack of Oedipal resolution, may be assessed. So it does seem that, far from being completely irrelevant in the twenty-first century, Freud’s theory may form the basis for an in-depth understanding of the hidden factors underlying the measurable and observable aspects of personality.

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