“Observations of the Human Mind”
Perhaps the psychologist Sigmund Freud lives in a different world than we do today. Today’s world is one of much denial. People today have a difficult time believing the writings of Freud. In the “Oedipus Complex” Freud explains how our minds work on a subconscious level (482). However, humans are like Oedipus with regards to the power of dreams, the parental bonding, and the “tragedy of destiny” (479).
First of all, the power of dreams can be an example of how the human mind works on a subconscious level. “ . . . The wish can disguise itself behind the worry that has become active during the day” (Freud 483). Thoughts that weigh on the human mind can present themselves in one’s dreams. Freud suggested that these dreams may be in fact a repressed wish (483). During the dream state, “. . . a repressed wish has found means of evading censorship” (483). It is the same censorship that repulses members of society for having dreams that even need censoring. People have the tendency to think dreams are not merely uncensored but instead a “. . . distortion of dreams. . .” (484). Surely it is not possible for one’s mind to really harbor such repulsive thoughts that they must be censored. Instead it could be that one has distorted thoughts or memories of what is really going on.
Second of all, humans need to have a loving, bonding relationship with their parents, but they also need to be able to break from that bond. “It is the fate of all of us . . . to direct our first sexual impulse towards our mother and our first hatred . . . against our father” (Freud 480). Most people today...