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PSYC 332
Richard Koestner

Lecture 22: 2013/04/02 Questions of the day: 1) What do Freudian slips tell us about Freud’s views on motivation and personality? - Psychopathology of everyday life - 3 kinds of mistakes we make  Memory Lapses  Slips of the TONGUE  Mistaken Actions - Ask college students to write diary  Memory lapses and slips are fairly common (3-4/week)  Mistaken actions are rare Freud’s Contention - Slips and related phenomena are the result of purposeful and intentional action on the part of individual involved, although the intent is unknown to the actor himself, or in other words, is unconscious Forgetting - Older student named Frank in prof’s first seminar - When you forget the name, you have to ask yourself what the name is and what your association to that name. (Free Association) - Chapters Gift Certificate to Sophie’s counselor  Name was Matthew  Even though Sophie kept saying his name during summer, why prof made mistakes writing Jeffrey?  Probably there was negative things about Matthew that try to suppress  Something about unconsciousness Free Association described by Freud - “That should not take us long. I must only ask you to tell me, candidly and uncritically, whatever comes into your mind if you direct your attention to the forgotten word without any definite aim.” - You don’t sense yourself; you just randomly say what is connected to whatever words you have forgotten. You don’t try to be radical - Hidden meaning of your slip will be revealed - If I forget his name, the fact that I’m forgetting his name indicates that I have conflict feelings about him and I am not expressing my anger in a direct way. - Current functioning is powerfully impacted by childhood functioning in relationship with our parents, siblings. This is unconscious aspects of those relationships still have impact on current life - Not easy  Almost always we think about presenting things in logical, rational way  Think about how other person will interpret (fear to reveal) Explanation - Almost always, forgetting is the direct result of repression (when something that arouses anxiety is forced out of awareness) - Repression is the common defense mechanism which is unconscious tactic we have The significance of the specific name: - “If I analyze the cases of forgetting of names that I observe in myself, I almost always find that the name which is withheld from me is related to topic of close personal importance to me, and one which is capable of evoking in me strong and distressing affects.” -----------------------------------------------------
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