HD Jan 31 - Drives, Dreams and Hamlets Father Freud: On...

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Drives, Dreams and Hamlet’s Father Freud: On sexual energy (Some Key Points) 1. Freud believed that we are animals, and like mammals, pleasurable physical feelings reinforce adaptive behaviors. 2. He believed in an “energic model” of the mind – that we are “powered” by sexual and aggressive energy. 3. That as a species, channeling that energy into less direct expressions of sexuality and aggression has led to the rise of culture and civilization, and … 4. Each of us has to undergo “training” to sublimate our drives, to become civilized, and to contribute to society. Why are dreams worthy of study? 1.They are common experiences. 2.We tend to dismiss them as “mental errors.” 3.Freud then makes an important claim: he is the first psychologist to take the slip “seriously,” that is, to look at the content of the “mistake.” The mind is often composed of competing and often conflicting wishes, thoughts and feelings Degrees of Awareness (on the part of the person who “slips”) 1.The speaker slips but is not surprised by the slip – he is conscious of what he wanted to say (even though he didn’t mean to say it). – usually it can be something that is taboo so you don’t really understand why you say it- it may be a competing meaning that overwhelms conscious intention 2.The speaker slips, it surprises him, but he knows immediately why he slipped. 3.The speaker slips but doesn’t know afterward why.
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This note was uploaded on 09/27/2011 for the course HD 370 taught by Professor Segal during the Spring '08 term at Cornell University (Engineering School).

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