PSYC18 Psychology of Emotion
Lecture 9, March 22/2012
3) Now we are doing search for meaning dealing with layers of life, and power leap of residue based
on symbolism – events take symbolic quality – emotions you have now resonate with emotions you
4) What you did here is an echo of situations from earlier life – psychoanalytical view. Repeated
activity in neural activity makes neural tracks for automatic processes. Historically oriented. A
reawakening of the apradgim of earlier situations of your life.
5) Your body is running through organic rules (combined with social and mind rules create emotion). Is
there continuity of instinct from animal world to human world?
Freud builds bridges between noetic and organic systems.
6) We have a need for attention – a bodily need that can manifestate itself into a fantasy. A fantasy
and need being merged.
- Hunger (organic) manifests itself into wish for food (Noetic).
- What is the relationship between instincts and emotions?
- Emotions are liberated instincts – they are instincts with a lot more flexibility than exists in the
7) State of need in body prompts behaviour, and need is resolved through activity.
8) When you are a kid, you can have certain fundamental needs – as adult you can have fundamental
needs that change from toys to things like money – the object changes.
Freud begins with a biological model founded in animal world and how organism functions – the
tension model is an organism model. Mind gets involved to resolve body need.
9) Instincts are wired in, and there is no flexibility with instincts – in order to prevent birds from hitting
head on glass, you put a figure of hawk to work on other instinct. We have an organic model that
drives survival – when it comes to people, the stimulus that interacts with model becomes more
flexible over time. Instincts are hard-wired and narrowly defined, and emotions are liberated
The unconscious can be seen as psychic world that we see as a border. You can have certain
urges/ideas considered inadmissible because you belong to a certain society. The social
construction of admissibility and inadmissibility is key.
Rules are social construction rigid rules of the outset, and flexible rules later on.
Preconscious means you are not thinking about it right now – unconscious means you aren’t going
to find it.
PTSD – the unconscious is not working overwhelmed by catastrophic event.
Unconscious is there to protect us from negative emotions essentially.
10) First defence mechanism that freud talked about – repression. If something is super-burdening and
stressful taking emotion, and separating it from consciousness. What it’s about is separated from negative affect – therefore you can feel affect without knowing the cause for it. It can also undergo
transformation into anxiety.
Anxiety is undefined concern about adverse effects of future – these repressed ideas can be
organized and expressed as fantasy. Concerns you have can also be expressed in dreams.
We can have repressed ideas organized into fantasies.
One of the reasons that unconscious lingers on is because it carries on from childhood into
adulthood unresolved issues. The unconscious is filled with these unresolved issues – maybe
because we cannot talk about it – it may be too heavy for others to hear. This is why repressed
ideas become fantasies – because they are not put on the table.
Fantasies are imagined resolutions the repressed problems.
11) Primary Process Thinking – the part of the search for meaning, and a secondary process is a search
Primary process thinking is the same thing you do when you are a little kid because you are not role
constrained. It’s called being loose and original. There are no rules for what is logical.
Synthetic Thinking is a combination of things that are not governed by rules – like little kid fantasies
12) Primary Processing – permitting youself to have fantasies.
14) Need is satisfied in dream, but you protect innocent by putting a different name on them.
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