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Freud’s Pleasure Principle – Missing the point of spiritual healing?

Sigmund Freud believed that human beings begin life by seeking pleasure and avoiding pain. This “pleasure principle” initially takes the form of relieving instinctual tensions generated by the id through activity or hallucination. When one grows older and the ego matures, … Continue reading


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Freudian Slips – Glitch in the machine or key to countless possibilities?

Parapraxis, the Freudian Slip Parapraxis is an obscure word for a pretty common idea—The Freudian Slip. The founder of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud, was the first to try to analytically explain its occurrence. In the Psychopathology of Everyday Life Freud says parapraxes are unintentional … Continue reading


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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