Freud's Psychology

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1.How useful is the concept of "unconscious" (either in the sense of either Freud or Jung)in your life?A: There are so many things about ourselves that we don't understand. Like, sometimes when I do horrible things, I'll only realize what I have done when things dawned on me like a slap. It's like an impulse. Prior to the action, not much thought was given to execute it. The initial dilemma we have about unconscious is that …well, it's unconscious. That is, by definition, unconscious refers to the unknowable things about us.

According to Freud, unconscious thoughts are too laden with anxiety and negative emotions for consciousness to admit them. So, through psychotherapy people could bring unconscious thoughts into conscious awareness so they will be addressed and treated. But without psychotherapy how could they be possibly known?Through research I was fortunate to know what the unconscious implies and it somewhat astounded me.

From the moment we wake up in the morning, fix our bed, open the windows, lock the doors, prepare the bathwater, change our clothes, and so on, we do all these things thoughtlessly but strategically. It's all the work of the unconscious, without us having to be completely conscious of what we're actually doing but consequently we know we did but not exactly and specifically detailed in terms of the accounts of the experience we had. Now I understand why the concept of the unconscious is an indispensable part of every person's personality.

Without the unconscious, there wouldn't be anything like feeling empty and "missing" something would be unheard of. Things would become clear and impenetrable. Because our lives would be structured simply by conscious thought and speech, there will be no gap between the symbolic and the real. There would be no separation from raw reality...