Freud, Freedom, Domination, and 50 Shades

E.L. James’ 2011 novel 50 Shades of Grey is popular, no matter which way you look at it. The book tells the fictional and incredibly sexually explicit story of a masochistic relationship between a Anastasia Steele, a college senior, and Christian Grey, one of the richest men in the world. Though the behavior detailed within it is still recognized … More Freud, Freedom, Domination, and 50 Shades

The Individual and Collective Within the LGBTQ+ Community

If you were to ask a random person on the street what they know of Freud, they’re likely to say that he’s the guy who’s obsessed with sex and thinks that dreams always contain signs that someone wants to have sex with their parents. While, this isn’t necessarily true, Freud did dedicate a significant amount … More The Individual and Collective Within the LGBTQ+ Community

Society: In Our Heads

Freud: Self/Systems of Meaning             Introduction: Freud’s schematization of the mind elucidates internal facets of the tension between the self and the system of meaning. The self is the daily life processes of the individual dictated by what seems like unique and individual wants and needs. However, the system of … More Society: In Our Heads

Procrastination: For or Against Freudian Theory?

    “We may ask whether in the operation of our mental apparatus a main purpose can be detected, and we may reply as a first approximation that the purpose is directed towards obtaining pleasure.” (444) Carpe Diem. It’s now or never. YOLO. What do these popular phrases from different time periods have in common? … More Procrastination: For or Against Freudian Theory?

Psychic Panopticism and Therapeutic Domination

Does Freudian psychoanalysis contribute to or challenge dominant systems of power? The answer is likely a mix of both; the different parts of his theory stand in complex relationships to various systems of power, and an exhaustive discussion of these is beyond the scope of a single blog post. However, I want to point out one … More Psychic Panopticism and Therapeutic Domination

Self and Systems of Meaning– Like a human body and water

When we first think about the dyad self and systems of meaning, we may think that systems of meaning come from groups of people in agreement while the self is individual. This gives the appearance that these two concepts are opposites, because collective and individual are opposites. However, in studying Durkheim, one can make the … More Self and Systems of Meaning– Like a human body and water

Manifest and Latent: The Mental Unknown

Our behavior, our opinions, our decisions: all of these things are expressions of the thoughts generated in our mind. Indeed, one can look at them as manifestations of latent thoughts–latent thoughts that were strong enough to push themselves into our consciousness. Of course, it is not obvious to us that there exists a deeper level … More Manifest and Latent: The Mental Unknown