Friday, April 29, 2016
A Look Into Freud's Psychology (Part Two)
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Erick Morgado - Section 4
Freud’s findings have been considered in many fields ever since his publishing to the public. In philosophy, it has brought a lot of interesting ideas to the minds of others. The idea of the unconscious and its existence leads to interesting debates that go into other topics. This was some of the influence it had, but it was not meant to.
In actuality, his ideas aren’t meant to give a philosopher some food for thought. He was mostly known as a psychologist, submitting his ideas for the fields of psychology to say exactly how a person behaves. He wasn’t offering questions about the idea of people behaving because of hidden inner reasons. He was trying to scientifically prove that the unconscious existed. In my opinion, the idea of the unconscious isn’t something that will be proven by science.
While most of his ideas were definitely original, I would consider some of them silly in my point of view with my current knowledge of his findings. For example, he believed that every human being went through five different stages of psycho-sexuality. He believed, not just thought it was a possibility, that depending on which stage one was in, they will turn out differently in life. These stages were known as his psycho-sexual developmental stages of: oral stage, anal stage, phallic stage, latency stage, genital stage. A quick example of some of his ideas is the idea of being disorganized or clean and neat depending on what happened in the anal stage. According to Freud, this stage involved children between 1-3 years; based on how they were taken care of and cleaned, it would determine their entire personality. I don’t believe that personality is determined in an instant, but it is something that is developed by individuals based on the events that occur to them in their environment. A person’s personality largely varies not from these stages that we go through in life but from our memories and experiences.
Dreams are a strange thing, and according to Freud they have a very special meaning. Dreams, for the most part, are still unknown territory for people. We still don’t know how they work, why we have them, or what they’ll be about every night. Freud tried to do something about it. He proposed another one of his theories to explain everything he could about dreams. This mainly involved stating that they were part of our unconscious again. Dreams were representations of our deepest wishes that apparently we don’t even know we wanted. The thing is that he tried to explain every object in our dreams, from umbrellas to hammers, as a type of dream about sex. This is where he loses me with his constant need to connect things to sex. Fortunately, he does give himself some leeway and explains that sometimes dreams can be about other things. What are dreams really made of? Can they be considered a way for the human brain to process all the information it has gathered throughout the day? Or is it a message that our brain is trying to send us about what we apparently secretly want?