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Unformatted text preview: Megan Lawless Com L 114 October 1, 2007 Written Response to Sigmund Freud Sigmund Freud’s “Mourning and Melancholia” and “The Ego and the Id” focus on his interpretations of what is conscious, what is unconscious, and what is in between. “Mourning and Melancholia” focuses specifically on melancholia, and how it is related to mourning. He describes the melancholic as one who sees himself as worthless and morally reprehensible, even though he may be a good and conscientious person. The melancholic’s view of the self is independent of what others see. It is a condition that prevents the afflicted from seeing the truth- he is too consumed in his distorted view of his self. Melancholia is the effect of one part of the ego setting itself against another and judging it critically. Freud claims that this self-debasement has actually stemmed from hatred for a loved one, but that this hate was taken by the ego and incorporated into itself, causing the melancholic’s ego to attribute the hated qualities to itself. incorporated into itself, causing the melancholic’s ego to attribute the hated qualities to itself....
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This note was uploaded on 03/10/2008 for the course COMM 114 taught by Professor Romero-rivera,marce during the Spring '08 term at Cornell.
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