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subconscious or the real person. For throughout Freud's work, though not so definitely expressed, there is the
idea that the subconscious is by far the most important part of the personality, and that the social purposes, the
moral injunctions and feelings are not the real purposes and real desires of the real personality.
In analyzing dreams, the symbols become quite standardized. The horses, dogs, beards, queer situations of the
dream (falling, walking without clothes, picking up money, etc.), the demons, ghosts, flying, relate definitely
to sex situations, sex organs, sex desires. (The Freudians are apt to deny this theoretically, but practically CHAPTER V. 43 every dream of the thousands they publish is a sex dream of crude content.) Naturally a "pure" girl is quite
shocked when told that because she dreamed she was riding a gray horse in a green meadow that she really
has bad (and still is troubled by) incestuous desires for her father, but that is the way to cure her of her
neurasthenia or fatigue or obsession of one kind or other.
I have not attempted a detailed account of the technique of free association, nor the Freudian account of
humor, etc. There are plenty of books on the market written by Freud himself and his followers. Frankly I
advise the average person not to read them. I am opposed to the Freudian account of life and character, though
recognizing that he has caused the psychologist to examine life with more realism, to strip away pretense, to
be familiar with the crude and to examine conduct with the microscope.
I do not believe there is an ORGANIZED subconsciousness, having a PERSONALITY. Most of the work
which proves this has been done on hysterics. Hysterics are usually proficient liars, are very suggestible and
quite apt to give the examiner what he looks for, because they seek his friendly interest and eager study.
Wherever I have checked up the "subconscious" facts as revealed by the patient as a result of his
psychoanalysis or through hypnosis, I have found but little truth. On the other hand, the Freudians practically
never check up the statem...
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This note was uploaded on 09/26/2011 for the course PSYCHOLOGY 110 taught by Professor Kannan during the Spring '11 term at Anna University Chennai - Regional Office, Coimbatore.
- Spring '11