FREUD AND REALITY II

V 4 oct 2004 12:00 c.e.s.t. Copyright © J. P. Krol , neuropsychologist

FREUD IN GENERAL

IN THE IN FOLLOWING TEXT I WILL GIVE MY OPINION ABOUT ASPECTS OF FREUD`S WRITINGS IN RELATION TO REALITY AND SCIENCE .

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REALITY IS A COMPLEX CONSTRUCT WHICH WE HAVE DISCUSSED IN VARIOUS NOTES, DEFINITIONS AND ESSAYS ON THIS WEB .

SCIENCE IS A DISCIPLINE WHICH IS CHARACTERIZED BY SCIENTIFIC THEORY AND SCIENTIFIC METHODS. IT COULD BE DEFENDED THAT THE MOST IMPORTANT PURPOSE OF SCIENCE IS TO ALLOW US TO MAKE VERIFIABLE PREDICTIONS WITH A KNOWN DEGREE OF CERTAINTY.

FOR THIS , (ASSUMED) "REALITY" HAS TO BE PROCESSED SCIENTIFICALLY INTO QUANTITIES ON WHICH MATHEMATICAL METHODS (e.g. STATISTICS) CAN BE APPLIED .

THERE ARE VARIOUS STAGES IN THIS PROCESS RANGING PERHAPS FROM LOGICAL PHILOSOPHY TO COMPLEX MATHEMATICAL PROCEDURES WHICH MUST ALL HAVE IN COMMON THAT THEY ULTIMATELY MUST PREPARE OUR ASSUMPTIONS TO BE EXPRESSED AS VERIFIABLE HYPOTHESES .

IN EVERYDAY LIFE WE OFTEN HAVE TO WORK WITH ASSUMPTIONS ABOUT WHAT WE BELIEVE IS AT LEAST CLOSE TO REALITY .

FREUD’S WRITINGS ARE BASED ON A CONSIDERABLE EXPERIENCE WITH HUMAN BEINGS (e.g. HIS PATIENTS).

HE DID NOT EXPRESS THEM AS A SCIENTIFIC THEORY IN A TIGHT SCIENTIFIC (NOMOLOGICAL) NETWORK .

HOWEVER . . . MANY KNOWLEDGEABLE PEOPLE (e.g. THERAPISTS) HAVING TO DEAL WITH CLIENTS IN EVERYDAY LIFE HAVE FREUDIAN THOUGHTS IN THE BACK OF THEIR MINDS . . .

 

FREUD’S "CONSTRUCT" : LIBIDO

FREUD INTRODUCED THE NAME "LIBIDO" TO REFER TO NON SEXUAL EMOTIONAL AFFECTION AND LOVE .

LIBIDO ESPECIALLY REFERS TO LOVE BETWEEN FAMILY MEMBERS .

SOME -OR PERHAPS I SHOULD SAY MANY- KNOWLEDGEABLE PEOPLE BELIEVE THE NAME WAS USED TO PROTECT FAMILY MEMBERS FROM FEELINGS OF GUILT IN THEIR LOVE FOR THEIR CHILDREN AND THE CHILDREN AMONG EACH OTHER .

INTERACTION WITH CHILDREN IN A FAMILY SETTING OFTEN HAS A PHYSICAL BUT NON SEXUAL COMPONENT. BABIES AND VERY YOUNG CHILDREN NEED LOOKING AFTER IN A WAY WHERE CLOSE PHYSICAL CONTACT- SOMETIMES IN VERY PERSONAL AREAS AND SITUATIONS- MAY BE UNAVOIDABLE . CONSIDERING THAT LOVE IS ALSO A PROMINENT FACTOR IN FAMILY RELATIONS -ENSURING SURVIVAL OF THE SPECIES- IT WOULD SEEM THAT A SPECIAL WORD TO DISTINGUISH THESE RELATIONS FROM SEXUAL FEELINGS IS A NATURAL AND LOGICAL DEVELOPMENT .

MOST PEOPLE KNOW VERY PRECISE WHERE LIES THE BORDER BETWEEN EVEN VERY STRONG FEELINGS OF LOVE FOR OTHER HUMANS AND A SEXUAL ACT . SOME BELIEVE THAT WHAT IS VERY MUCH FORBIDDEN MUST BE VERY MUCH DESIRED . . .

 

FREUD AND PERVERSION

FREUD ASSUMED THAT THE DEVELOPMENT OF SEXUAL CONSCIENCE STARTED WHEN A HUMAN WAS BORN . THE END PRODUCT OF THIS DEVELOPMENT, PREFERABLY REACHED NOT LATER THEN DURING PUBERTY, SHOULD BE THE HETEROSEXUAL CREATURE WITH A WELL CONTROLLED SEXUAL DRIVE BASICALLY RESERVED FOR ACTIVITIES THAT CONCURRED WITH THE RELEVANT PATTERNS OF MAINSTREAM CULTURE .

JUST AS HUMANS HAVE TO BE TRAINED TO CONTROL THEIR METABOLIC PROCESSES THEY HAVE TO BE TRAINED TO CHOOSE THE PROPER GOALS FOR THEIR SEXUAL DESIRES -ESPECIALLY WHEN INTERACTING WITH OTHER HUMANS- AND THE INTENSITY OF THEIR CONSUMPTION TO CONTROL THEIR HEALTH .

ONE ASPECT OF BEING HUMAN IS THAT MUCH AS WE MAY HOPE TO BE ALL ALIKE , AT LEAST BEFORE GOD , THERE ARE ALSO DIFFERENCES WHICH IS WHY WE RECOGNIZE EACH OTHER IN THE STREETS .

DIFFERENCE IN DRIVE STRENGTH IS ONE OF OUR FUNDAMENTAL TRAITS WHICH IS WHY WE HAVE CHAMPIONS IN SPORTS, CHAMPIONS OF INDUSTRY , CHAMPIONS OF POLITICS , CHAMPIONS OF SEX AND CHAMPIONS OF ART .

WHEN OUR DRIVES ARE STRONG IT MAY BE MORE DIFFICULT TO MAKE US AVERAGE CITIZENS WHICH MAY LEAD TO TRIUMPH OR TRAGEDY FOR OURSELVES OR OTHERS , DEPENDING ON THE NATURE OF OUR GOALS . SOMETIMES THEY ARE EVEN IMPOSSIBLE TO CONTROL JUST AS WE CANNOT HOLD OUR BREATH FOR A VERY LONG TIME .

TOILET TRAINING MAY BE LESS PROBLEMATIC THEN SUPPRESSING OUR SEX DRIVE FOR SIXTEEN OR EIGHTEEN YEARS AND IT IS NOT ALWAYS REALISTIC JUST TO SAY "CAN’T HAVE EVERYTHING" OR "CUT YOUR LOSS OR CUT YOUR THROAT . . . " .

CONSIDERING THAT OUR SEX DRIVE IS SO STRONG THAT IT RESULTED IN CONTINUOUS LIFE ON EARTH FOR BILLIONS AND BILLIONS OF YEARS AND USUALLY REQUIRES COOPERATION OF OTHERS IN VERY PERSONAL RELATIONS -WHICH THEN MAY BECOME SO INTENSE THAT THEY OFTEN CAN ONLY END IN OUR MAYOR LIFE TRAGEDIES- IT IS ONLY LOGICAL THAT WE NEED VERY SPECIAL COPING STRATEGIES TO SURVIVE WHAT HAS GIVEN US LIFE IN THE FIRST PLACE . THIS IS ONE VALUE THAT UNITES US IF NOTHING ELSE . . . PERHAPS IT IS PART OF OUR LOVE FOR BEAUTY . . .

FREUD DEVELOPED HIS TERMINOLOGY , PSYCHOANALYSES AND DREAM ANALYSES TO HELP US MAKE THE RIGHT CHOICES AND SURVIVE WHEN WE DIDN’T . . .

HE INTRODUCED THE WORDS ES - EGO - AND SUPEREGO TO REFER TO BASIC COMPONENTS THAT MAKE UP OUR PERSONALITY .

FOR PRACTICAL PURPOSES :

ES : OUR BASIC (ANIMAL) INSTINCTS, BEFORE HUMAN CONDITIONING (THE POLYMORPH PERVERSE BABY MODEL) .

SUPER- EGO : OUR HUMAN CONSCIENCE .

EGO : OUR CONSCIOUSNESS WHERE THE BATTLE BETWEEN OUR BASIC INSTINCTS (ES) AND CONSCIENCE (SUPER- EGO) GOES ON AND ON . . .

THE SUB-CONSCIOUSNESS , A PART OF OUR MAKE-UP DEALING WITH DESIRES THAT ARE NOT REALLY CONSCIOUS NOTABLY BECAUSE WE ARE AFRAID (ASHAMED) OF THEM .

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