Freud: The Idea of “Repression”
In the “Second Lecture” of Sigmund Freud he uses the concept of “repression”
and he gives the explanation of it as the origin of a lot of mental illness such as hysteria.
Freud associates the symptom to a will conflict. He defines it as a perversion of the will
because involuntarily an inhibited intention emerges. It is the premise of the dissociation.
Freud explains the hysteria through the repression mechanism with a comparative study.
First the subject is susceptible to pretend to elude the fulfillment of an unpleasant
obligation. The second, is referred a conception of the human being like whom cannot
dominate everything by himself; the subject’s ethical and other standards were the
repressing forces. In this essay, I disagree with Sigmund Freud theory of “repression”, He
doesn’t give a detail information of the causes of the mental disorders, and he doesn’t
gives enough examples to understand his theory.
I think that Freud’s explanation is inadequate to explain why people have mental
disorders. It is verified how the hypnosis is still used to obtain the revelation of the
significant origin of the symptoms of mental disorders. That’s the origin of the repressed
memory therapy that Freud discovered with his patients. Freud says “ Staring out from
the mechanism of cure, it now become possible to construct quite definite ideas of the
origin of the illness”. Of course there are a lot of mental illnesses that are known and
treated with the repressed memory therapy such as sexual abuse, however the large
number of the mental diseases not always “repression” is the cause of the ill.
Secondly, I believe The theory of unconsciously repressing the memory of
traumatic experiences is controversial. There is little scientific evidence to support either
the notion that traumatic experiences are typically unconsciously repressed or that
unconscious memories of traumatic events are significant causal...