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Freud and the Unconscious

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Freud was particularly interested in the psychoanalytic school of thought and the founder of psychoanalysis. He believed that our unconscious minds are responsible for many of our behaviors. According to Freud, he thought that there was a significant relationship between slips of the tongue and what we are actually thinking. Today these are called Freudian slips. Similarly he believed that we get information, like our fears and wishes, out by just merely saying what comes to mind. He was able to tell a lot about people, including their past experiences, how they were feeling, and what they wished and feared, just by simply encouraging them to speak whatever came to mind.

In sitting down and tape recording myself speaking about anything that came to mind, a lot of unconscious thoughts about myself were revealed. I noticed myself speaking of things that I normally wouldn't have. For instance, I spoke of God, death, and negative things about my friends. I also said a lot of stuff that really made no sense at all. An exact piece of what I recorded myself saying was, "I don't care. That's just the way I am. I don't give a shit. It's like... I don't know. Die. Maybe God will. Yeah... maybe. Ha. Butterflies. Stand on walls, do that dance. Yeah... Buddy's cool. Stop. No. Eva. Duh. She's... so fucking stupid. Ugh. Drink. Yeah right. Who cares? It's little."

I have to admit. Those were some pretty strange lines I was saying on that tape recorder. Some of which I might indeed know where they came from. Let's begin at the start of the tape when I began with, "I don't care. That's just the way I am. I don't give a shit." This attitude of mine occurs quite frequent. If I were Freud, I would probably interpret this as to how I really feel about things. I in fact do have an "I don't care" attitude more times than none, but I didn't realize the severity of it till I heard this tape of myself. Aside from my schoolwork, rarely do I care about much. I never care about what people think of me or what other people do.

In the next segment, I said, "It's like... I don't know. Die. Maybe God will. Yeah... maybe." I think here Freud would suggest that I was feeling lost and helpless and wishing for either an easy way out or help. This is very true. Many times I've thought that dying would help to solve all my problems and make things all better. Shortly after, I realized that it wouldn't. Things would actually get worse. If I were to ever commit suicide, it would be against God's will and He will instantly reincarnate me into a newborn, who later in life will have to deal with the exact same problem which I ran away from earlier



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