World-Making Libido vs. Deterministic Ego: How the Therapeutic Process Has Retained Many of its First Foundations

What do you think of when you hear the word therapy? Some people imagine divorced couples trying to hash out their problems. Others imagine hypnosis. However, most people I know imagine the Freudian stereotype of a person lying on a couch talking about their childhood. This quarter was introduced as the “self” section of Self, Culture, and Society, … More World-Making Libido vs. Deterministic Ego: How the Therapeutic Process Has Retained Many of its First Foundations

Freedom and Domination: Do perverts have more freedom?

I recently came across an online test called “Are you a Pervert?” Here are some of the questions: You’re staying at your friends house and their older sibling left his/her dirty underwear laying out, what would you do? You see an Apple pie on the counter, what comes to mind? I find those questions somehow alluding … More Freedom and Domination: Do perverts have more freedom?

Freedom and domination in Freud’s Victorian world

Sigmund Freud, as conveyed in his seminal work Introductory Lectures on Psycho-Analysis, was convinced that the bourgeois families of his era were developing illnesses that were psychological and caused by the very repression that was considered moral and valued in his time. He concluded that European society itself was what was making these people sick. Here the dyad … More Freedom and domination in Freud’s Victorian world

Freud’s Theory of the Mind Individuates Society and Regiments the Individual

Sigmund Freud’s theory of the mind describes the relationship between the conscious and the unconscious, the ego and the libido, and ultimately, the individual of the collective within the mind. The pleasure principle that dictates urges in the infant mind is trained and conditioned by the collective into the reality principle, in which an educated … More Freud’s Theory of the Mind Individuates Society and Regiments the Individual

The Libido, the Ego, and the Concept of Rational Man

The concept of the mind takes the shape of a whole system that is greater and more complex than the sum of its parts. The mind is partially biological, but also intangible in its entirety. In order to understand the nature of this system and how it collectively functions, the dynamic relationship between the components … More The Libido, the Ego, and the Concept of Rational Man

Freedom and Domination in Modern Society

  Freud observes in Introductory Lectures on Psycho-analysis that “each individual who makes a fresh entry into human society repeats this sacrifice of instinctual satisfaction for the benefit of the whole community” (27). Society views instincts as dangerous, since they compel us to act without regard for societal standards. Therefore, instincts must be controlled and … More Freedom and Domination in Modern Society