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By Agnes Petocz

Freud, Psychoanalysis and Symbolism bargains an leading edge common thought of symbolism, derived from Freud's psychoanalytic idea and relocated inside mainstream medical psychology. this can be a systematic research of the advance of Freud's therapy of symbolism all through his released works, and it discovers in these writings a wide thought that's a long way enhanced to the slim yet broadly permitted "official" view. Agnes Petocz argues that the therapy of symbolism needs to commence with the id and explanation of a collection of logical constraints and mental specifications that any normal concept of symbolism needs to admire, and that those specifications were missed. Her newly proposed "Freudian broad" conception of symbolism, against this, does meet those requisites.

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1933, p. 138) This comment contains two important points, albeit only implied, on the question of the selection of material from Freud. Firstly, the nomination of the particular themes of sexuality, the unconscious, and symbolism – themes without which psychoanalysis would not be psychoanalysis – suggests that Freud did not mean that no elements at all may be broken off, but that those which either form the core of the theory, or are necessary consequences of that core, cannot be discarded without discarding the entire theory.

But it is also clear that Freud realised how unfamiliar and initially unpalatable many of these ideas would be, and, like the Roman poet-philosopher Lucretius, he understood that when the aim was to ‘tell of important discoveries, set free the mind from the tangles of superstition, and uncover what has for long been hidden’, there was considerable value in ‘touching everything with the sweet charm of the muse – just as doctors, when trying to entice children to drink foul-tasting medicine, seduce them with sweet honey applied around the rim of the cup’ (Lucretius, De Rerum Natura I, lines 931–9).

And which are distinguished from all other unconscious, indirect, substitutive, representational material used in the service of defence. In Freud’s words, ‘representation by a symbol is among the indirect methods of representation, but . . all kinds of indications warn us against lumping The ‘Freudian Narrow’ theory of symbolism 27 it in with other forms of indirect representation’ (1914a, p. 351). In fact, Freud asserts that symbols are distinguished from other forms of indirect representation by three specific characteristics, each of which has one or more consequences.

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