What Makes Up The Mind?

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What Makes Up the Mind The study of psychology has been a subject that still has many mysteries unlike the rest of the human body and physical world. The complexity of the human brain and how it works is considered to be the final frontier of human biology and anatomy due to the lack of knowledge compared to the rest of the biological sciences. Many theories have been developed about the human psyche including Sigmund Freud’s “The Oedipus Complex”. The idea that there is a desire of a child to sleep with the mother and kill the father, and is ultimately repressed, was the basis of many of Freud’s ideas. The conscious and unconscious are key components to his theories, as Freud explains, and represent part of the human psyche. Carl Jung, who was a student of Freud, expanded on Freud’s ideas presented in “The Oedipus Complex”. He presents in “The Personal and the Collective Unconscious” how archetypes fit into the human unconscious and how the human psyche is made up of three parts. The ideas presented in Freud explain how the human unconscious works, particularly when conscious memories and feelings are repressed into the unconscious, and how the Oedipus complex is an example of the unconscious. Jung further explains Freud’s idea, while also expanding on his ideas with archetypes, and how the unconscious is split between the collective unconscious and the personal unconscious. The desire for the parent of the opposite sex and the jealously of the same sex parent is repressed into the unconscious according to Freud. Jung develops this theory with the idea that there are inborn archetypes and other shared elements, which Freud did not believe existed. The idea that boys desire their mother and hate their father is the basis of Fre... ... middle of paper ... ...they can be used to figure out what exists in each unconscious. The unconscious was developed through Freud’s theory that boys have sexual desire for their mother and hate their father. Jung further elaborated on this theory by explaining the personal and collective unconscious. Jung’s collective unconscious was comprised of archetypes, which Freud did not believe were parts of the unconscious. I do not agree with either Freud or Jung that the Oedipus Complex occurs in humans; even in nature, it is selected against. It would not likely persist due to all that it is against its possibility. I, however, believe that there exists both a personal and collective unconscious. There are often dreams that occur that represent what is in the unconscious as the dreamer is aware. The mind can be interpreted in many ways, and it can present many different symbols and situations.
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