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Tom Sherman Dr. Hinders March 21, 2008 Symbolic Interpretation revision Sigmund Freud is known internationally as the father of psychology and psychoanalysis and symbolic interpretation. Since its inception psychoanalysis has been used to explain literature, politics, art, and science. Symbolic interpretations of dreams are a main component to Freud’s psychoanalytical theory. Psychiatrists often use Freud’s analysis techniques to help understand the issues and potential worries of their patients’ psyche. Symbolic interpretation is based on an illicit ad hoc rescue, which makes interpretations inherently nonfalsifiable, because of this pseudoscientific nature experiments have been unreliable and inconsistent. Freud based symbolic interpretations on repressed memories, which acts as an illicit ad hoc rescue. Freud theorized that the mind was separated into three levels of consciousness: the conscious, preconscious, and unconscious. The conscious level is the conscious working brain. The preconscious level is like a vast mental catalogue of all of one’s memories and learned facts. These two divisions of the brain are able to interact and correspond with each other. The last division is called the unconscious, and it is filled with repressed memories, which were too traumatic for the brain to handle. One is unable to remember repressed memories, even though the repressed memories are responsible for any possible issue that person has. For example, Freud believed every male child went through an Oedipal stage in life, where the child covets his own mother and desires to kill his father. Since such desires are considered highly taboo in Western society, these memories of any Oedipal complex would be repressed very deeply in one’s unconscious. Later in life, that same person may experience psychological issues because of this
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This note was uploaded on 04/29/2008 for the course FRESHMAN S 150W taught by Professor Hinders during the Spring '08 term at William & Mary.

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