Sigmund Freud: The Interpretation Of Dreams, And The Theory Of Psychology

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It shouldn’t come as a surprise that I find Sigmund Freud to be one of the greatest influences to psychology. Many of his ideas were very controversial but, I believe have helped to open many gateways for the path that psychology is on today. Freud heightened the idea of the unconscious and really shed more light on it, while bringing more about it into perspective. The unconscious, sexuality, psychological energy, psychological resistance were all someone else’s ideas before Freud’s but as stated by Shiraev Freud put these ideas together in a new and creative way (2015). See from the unconscious Freud stemmed the idea of psychoanalysis. McLeod states that psychoanalysis is often known as the talking cure (2013). Shiraev states that the initial …show more content…
Freud came to publish his writings called The Interpretation of Dreams and the Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality. The writings elaborated on how we have these unconscious processes that Freud said often stemmed from repressed desires. The unconscious process is a reservoir of guilty wishes and indecent thoughts (Shiraev, 2015). He came to this conclusion through what he calls wish-fulfillment and The Oedipus Complex. Wish fulfillment is a symbolic attempt to realize an unfulfilled desire (Shiraev, 2015). The Oedipus Complex was a desire for sexual involvement with the parent of the opposite sex, which produces a sense of competition with the parent of the same sex (Ahmed, 2012, p. 64). Being bound by societies rules the child represses these thoughts and feelings that are considered indecent. This in turn can lead to certain phobias or anxiety that may arise within the person. Freud gave specific example from his patients in Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality where Dora, Little Hans, and Rat Man all dealt with issues that stemmed from sexual conflicts early on. Dora had emotional problems, she could never get past. Little Hans dealt with a phobia of horse in which Freud said was tied to castration anxiety, because of the boy’s aggressive desires towards his father and sister and yearning for his mother’s love. Rat Man also had emotional obsessions that was shown through OCD and Freud said it was linked to his fear at a young age. Freud’s ideas of these repressed desires shed light on the unconscious mind even further and how many of the things we repress early on can in fact be tied to disorders or anxiety that is formed later. It can be due in part to these repressed thoughts and feelings that may seem unacceptable, being displayed in another way. Even if people may not think it is sexual urges in particular as Freud did, it allows many psychologist to gain perspective on how repressing memories of any sort

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