Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Sigmund Freud 4 out of 4
Out of the many things that have been pushed aside that Sigmund Freud founded, Freudian slips are commonly referred to in the present day. Freudian slips are verbal or memory mistakes that are believed to be linked to the unconscious mind. Common mishaps include saying someone else’s name instead of the name of whom you are speaking to. Freud believed these slips to reveal unconscious thought or wishes, which when you think about it, makes some sense. Freud thought that "Two factors seem to play a part in bringing to consciousness the substitutive names: first, the effort of attention, and second, and inner determinant which adheres to the psychic material," Freud suggested in his book. "Besides the simple forgetting of proper names there is another forgetting which is motivated by repression," Freud explained (1901). According to Freud, unacceptable thoughts or beliefs are withheld from conscious awareness, and these slip help reveal what is hidden in the unconscious. I have personally experienced a “Freudian slip” in conversation where I have accidentally called my girlfriend Abby when her name is Ashlee, but my cat’s name is Abby. At that time I let that slip out I was looking at my cat so was I thinking about the cat unconsciously while talking to Ashlee? While it could be possible I would not go so far to say that it is solid proof to say I was or I was just so used to saying Abby it just slipped out instead of Ashlee. In the end, Freud’s findings of the human psyche, unconscious, and psychoanalysis all played an important role in the history of psychology today.