The mind is invisible. Unfathomable to most, it is, however, possible to see into the conscious, preconscious and subconscious minds of both the individual and the collective. Illuminating new insights into the formerly thought unchartered territory, here you are introduced to the topography of the mind; the characters within, the functional energy dynamics of psychological defences, and the archetypes that form the blueprint of our personalities.
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Psychoanalysis is a subset of Freud’s Psychodynamic Theory of personality development and organisation, in which he describes differing states of consciousness, dream analysis, free association, his Structural Model of the Mind, Psychosexual Stages of Development and decoding in symbolism. Beginning his research as a biologist, it was Freud with a fascination for mesmerisation who theorised that the mind had other realms to it that are not entirely conscious. Within the subconscious, below the reach of our conscious radar, exists our instinctual forces, impulses, secret phantasies and wishes, fears, anxieties, desires and childhood memories, that may all be having an influence on our behaviour, perception and experiences today. Not known by most people, in fact, Freud’s model includes a pre-conscious barrier that sits between conscious and subconscious states, making up a tripartite model of the mind. The mind also displays a host of defence mechanisms put forth by the ego, all designed to keep reality and phantasy apart.
Once a friend of Freud, it was the eminent psychologist Carl Jung, who embraced a more philosophical and etheric element to his theories. Developing Analytical Psychology, Jung explored the even more fascinating archaic realms of the individual and collective unconscious, explaining the concepts of Synchronicity and the Archetypes of the Collective Unconscious.
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