The structure of the mind
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According to Freud the mental apparatus is divided into three parts: id, ego and super-ego.
Theid 'To the oldest of these mental provinces or agencies we give the name of id. It contains everything that is inherited, that is present at birth, that is fixed in the constitution - above all therefore the instincts' (Freud, 1940). Freud likens it to a cauldron of seething excitement. It is the core of our being within which the instincts operate and their sole endeavour is to seek satisfaction regardless of consequences, situation or logic.