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Repression – Freud’s master defense mechanism

We’ve probably all heard the psychological term “repressed” without stopping to think where it comes from. The idea of repression usually turns up in sentences like, That bible thumper is so repressed, he can’t get it on with anyone. And in other insinuations like … Continue reading


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Freud’s Reality Principle (German: Realitätsprinzip) – Is that all there is?

Embed from Getty Images Hanging man artwork, in Prague, Czech Republic, a work by David Cerny intended to depict Sigmund Freud. In Sigmund Freud‘s personality theory, the reality principle is a learned psychological function that seeks to gratify instinctual desires (id) … Continue reading


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The Future of an Illusion – Freud and Beyond

The Future of an Illusion is Sigmund Freud’s work of 1927 where he states his psychoanalytic view of religion. Freud is a staunch materialist who sees all religious ideas as illusory: Freud defines religion as an illusion, consisting of “certain dogmas, assertions … Continue reading


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Freud’s “Secondary Revision” of Dreams

In Sigmund Freud‘s seminal work on dreams and the unconscious, The Interpretation of Dreams, secondary revision is said to occur whenever we remember a dream’s content.¹ Freud says the original dream content is usually obscure, incoherent and highly symbolic, so … Continue reading


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Plato – One of the most esteemed thinkers of all time

Plato (427-347 BCE) was a Greek philosopher born into an aristocratic Athenian family. Over the centuries he has come to be regarded as one of the most influential philosophers of all time, especially within Western philosophy. Plato’s quick wit and … Continue reading


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Reversal – Beyond the clever machine

In psychoanalytic theory, reversal is a Freudian defense mechanism. A broader idea than turning against the self, reversal takes place when the ego converts an instinctual impulse into behavior appearing as its opposite. The miser becomes a philanthropist, the pervert … Continue reading


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Regression – Childish vs. Contemplative

In Freudian psychoanalytic theory regression is a defense mechanism in which the ego partially or fully revisits an earlier phase of libidinal¹ development. This process is generally viewed as a backward step, one brought on by unresolved anxiety that challenges ‘normal’ … Continue reading