1) Unconscious still plays a large role in life, although it may not be the ubiquitous influence Freud held it was.
2) Behavior often reflects compromises in conflicts between mental processes, such as emotions, motivations, and thoughts.
3) Childhood plays an important part in personality development, particularly in terms of shaping adult relationships.
4) Mental representations of the self and relationships guide our interactions with others.
5) Personality development involves not just regulating sexual and aggressive feelings but also moving from an immature, socially dependent way of relating to others to a mature, independent relationship style.
Western's 5 Postulates