Sigmund Freud's Effect On Society

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From the beginning, Freud’s life would never be normal. A few years after he was born, Freud’s family moved to Vienna. In this city is where Freud will start to cultivate all of these deeply amazing ideas of the human mind. He wasn’t just focused on one aspect of the human mind, he went into it studying a broad amount of material. He attended the University of Vienna, Medicine and biology being his main course of study. In 1881he graduated with a medical degree and was married soon after in 1882. He started his main studies with a neurologist from France names Jean Charcot. His main focus was hypnotism and he used it to treat hysteria and other unknown mental disorders, but the effects of this certain treatment weren’t long-term. Freud took …show more content…
Freud says that we have to push back our primeval behavior to function in a society. Our “primitive” instincts are present in society in different forms but because we have to push those feelings back to live, they get turned into other things. Mostly, these feelings get converted into the desire to move up on the totem pole. The only feeling that can override all of these repressions is a sexual feeling. He believed that these feelings were backed by a cause, not just a defect in the brain. There was always an explanation to a behavior for him—which is pretty smart. To fix the problem that his patient was having all he had to do was find the main cause, which was mostly likely an event at a previous time. He concluded that all of our actions are controlled by an area apart of the brain that we can’t control that makes decisions for us. …show more content…
He thought of it like an iceberg. They can be much larger than they appear on the surface of the water. Only 10% of an iceberg truly shows on top. This top part is the conscious, what is visible to the outside world. What isn’t visible is the unconscious and that is the bottom part of the iceberg that’s hidden under water. In the unconscious are the Ego, Superego, and ID, and also Eros and Thanatos. (Kheper.net***) Freud categorized our instincts into two sections: Thantos and Eros. Thantos is the angry part of our mind. It holds our anger and aggression and our willingness to do bad things. On the opposite side, you have Eros which holds our desires, particularly our more sexual instincts. According to Freud, Eros is the center of the sexual desire, but Thantos would just like to get rid of it completely. This idea gave reason to sexuality being of great significance to the human mind. Gaining sexual pleasure drives all of choices and actions. This theory was a little bit too much for people in his time to understand. Sexuality wasn’t freely talked about in this time, and it was hard for people to understand his process of thinking. He also theorized that children are born with a motivation to achieve sexual desire, but it is just in different forms. This is called Infantile

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