scroll to top
Stuck on your essay?
Get ideas from this essay and see how your work stacks up
Word Count: 1,200
Who Discovered The Unconscious Though definitions vary the Unconscious can be understood to be the area of the psyche that contains thoughts feelings and memories which we have repressed for one reason or another In doing so these repressed thoughts can manifest themselves through dreams or through psychotic or neurotic behaviour As to who discovered the unconscious Perhaps the real question is who identified the unconscious For surely humans have always been aware of the unconscious in some form or another though they didnt always identify it as such So who first brought an understanding of the workings of the unconscious mind to our attention The typical response to this question is Freud It was Freud who forced us to realize that the unconscious plays a considerable role in shaping the behaviour of the individual What Freud actually did was recognise that the unconscious plays a larger role then was first believed He rediscovered it Freud described the unconscious as a chaos a cauldron full of seething excitations page 498 NEW INTRODUCTORY LECTURES ON PSYCHOANALYSIS 1933 The Dissection of the Psychical Personality page numbers from The Essentials of Psychoanalysis Freud A 1986 He pointed out that almost all of our brain activity takes place without our own awareness Freud though not in fact the discoverer of the unconscious was the first person to embark on a scientific investigation of it applied his theories to cases of the mentally ill and found that by understanding what was wrong with them he could begin to set about helping them He also realized that the idea of unconscious thoughts ideas motivations and instincts could be found in everyone not just those suffering from mental illness Schater explained it by saying In Freuds vision unconscious memories are dynamic entities embroiled in a fight against the forces of repression they result from special experiences that relate to our deepest conflicts and desires Implicit memories
@Kibin is a lifesaver for my essay right now!!
- Sandra Slivka, student @ UC Berkeley
Wow, this is the best essay help I've ever received!
- Camvu Pham, student @ U of M
If I'd known about @Kibin in college, I would have gotten much more sleep
- Jen Soust, alumni @ UCLA