Thursday, November 20, 2014
Sigmund Freud Part 2
Sigmund Freud made amazing discoveries about the unconscious. He proposed that idea that some things were too painful to keep in the conscious mind and were pushed into the unconscious, as shown in the iceberg diagram. Those thoughts are kept “under the surface” to protect the person from having the thoughts that have been repressed to protect the person. I think that this is a very groundbreaking idea because victims of traumatic events like sexual abuse do repress these memories in order to cope with the trauma caused by the event. Freud knew this because women would often discover in their pasts that they had past sexual abuse or were repressing some other traumatic event that was supposedly causing their physical ailments. I know a couple of people that have used repression to help cope with such events and they were able to pull themselves out of their emotional shock by repressing it. So that is why I believe that the unconscious model that Freud proposed exists. I do not think he was right about being able to determine everyone’s actions by the act of psychoanalysis but I think most actions that are not normal could be explained by psychoanalysis. I think that it plays a key role in finding out why people do what they do, such as commit mass murder or some act of terror. I know that today a lot of people are starting to move away from the psychoanalysis due to the lack of evidence to support findings by psychoanalysis, but I believe it plays an important role in philosophy and psychology today.