Observations of the Human Mind Essay

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“Observations of the Human Mind”

Perhaps the psychologist Sigmund Freud lives in a different world than we do today. Today’s world is one of much denial. People today have a difficult time believing the writings of Freud. In the “Oedipus Complex” Freud explains how our minds work on a subconscious level (482). However, humans are like Oedipus with regards to the power of dreams, the parental bonding, and the “tragedy of destiny” (479).
First of all, the power of dreams can be an example of how the human mind works on a subconscious level. “ . . . The wish can disguise itself behind the worry that has become active during the day” (Freud 483). Thoughts that weigh on the human mind can present themselves in one’s dreams. Freud
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Instead it could be that one has distorted thoughts or memories of what is really going on.
Second of all, humans need to have a loving, bonding relationship with their parents, but they also need to be able to break from that bond. “It is the fate of all of us . . . to direct our first sexual impulse towards our mother and our first hatred . . . against our father” (Freud 480). Most people today would consider this subject as unspeakable. Freud states, “. . . most people go through an infantile oedipal stage, [and] they usually grow out of it early in life” (478). A number of people would argue that they in fact did not go through this stage, but with the possibility of having repressed these thoughts, one may in fact have gone through and not remembered it. Society has shunned the thoughts of the oedipal stage to the point of turning their backs on those who express this natural phase. Freud points out “. . . in one whom these primaeval wishes of our childhood have been fulfilled . . . we shrink back from him with the whole force of the repression. . .” (480). Without the loving, bonding relationship children get from their parents, they will need psychoanalytic help. On the same note, if they can not break the bond, they will also need help.
Third of all, the idea of not having any control over one’s destiny is a terrifying concept.
In conclusion, maybe people are more like Oedipus with regards to the power of dreams, the parental

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