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Understanding Freud: The Unconscious Mind

Hercules Bantas

A Reluctant Geek Academic Guide

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In Introductory Lectures on Psychoanalysis: Volume 1, Freud argues that there is a level of thought within a person that he or she is unaware exists, or more accurately, that he or she is not conscious of, which he labels the 'unconscious'. A person's unconscious mind, although separate from his or her conscious thoughts and actions, has a powerful influence on the way that he or she behaves. Freud uses his concept of the unconscious mind to explain phenomena such as slips of the tongue, forgotten names, as well as dreams and neurosis, as well as using it as the focus of psychoanalysis.

Freud argues that the unconscious mind is where the mind places repressed sexual desires to keep them from a person's conscious mind,

This second thesis, which psychoanalysis puts forward as one of its findings, is an assertion that instinctual impulses which can only be described as sexual, both in the narrower and wider sense of the word, play an extremely large and never hitherto appreciated part in the causation of nervous and mental diseases (Freud, 1973, p. 47).

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