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 factors in physical or mental illness.
Most people do not forget traumatic experiences unless they are rendered unconscious at the time of the experience. Freud says " in the form of resistance, were now offering opposition to the forgotten material's being made conscious" also says "about the forgetting and must have pushed the pathogenic experiences in question out of consciousness. I gave the name 'repression'... and I considered that it was proved by the undeniable existence of resistance." I think this is controversial because as I before say When repression is defined narrowly as intentional suppression of an experience, there is little reason to doubt that it exists. But when we talk about a repression mechanism that operates unconsciously and defensively to block out traumatic experiences, the picture becomes considerably obscure. The unconscious or subconscious mind, according to Freud psychoanalysis, is a 'part' of the mind which stores repressed memories.
The theory of repression maintains that some experiences are too painful to be reminded of, so the mind stuffs them in the cellar. These painful, repressed memories manifest themselves in neurotic or psychotic behavior and in dreams. As Freud gives two examples in his essay showing us different experiences. However, there is no scientific evidence either for the unconscious repression of traumatic experiences or their causal agency in neurotic or psychotic behavior. As a Conclusion, I can say that It would be absurd to reject the notion of the unconscious mind simply because I reject the Freud notion of the unconscious as repressed memories of traumatic experiences. I should recognize that it was Freud more than anyone else who forced us to recognize unconscious factors as significant determinants of human behavior.
Furthermore, it seems obvious that much, if not most, of one's brain's activity occurs without our notice or consciousness.