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Lecture 3

PS280 Lecture Notes - Lecture 3: Freudian Slip, Erogenous Zone, Toilet Training

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Kathy Foxall

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Week 3 - b
Free Association the mind will make defensive associations to keep the person
from becoming conscious of the true source of the symptoms
-If the person can learn to freely let their associations run, then one can get to the
true source of the symptoms
Interpretation of Dreams
-the royal road to the unconscious
-playing out of the ID’s forbidden fantasies
-ego defenses are relaxed, but not eliminated
Manifest Content
-sensory images that the dreamer sees
-distortion of the true meaning of the dream (defensive undertaken by the ego)
Latent Content
-true meaning of the dream
-can be deciphered by peeling back distortions
Overcoming resistances becoming conscious of the unconscious
Freudian Slips of the Tongue
-a verbal mistake that is symptomatic of a repressed desire, attitude, or belief
Examples: husband referring to wife by maiden name
Referring to ex boyfriend by ex-bf’s name
The unconscious manifested in the world
-remove the defensive distortions to reveal the unconscious
The Development of Personality
-the origin of individual differences
-personality formed during childhood; fixed from then on
-stage theory:
-psychosexual development
-personality is determined by how conflicts are navigated at different stages
Freud and Biology
-started as neurologist focused on nerved energies
-humans are primarily animals motivated by evolutionary concerns
-genes are replicated through sex (procreation)
-motivation to have sex pleasure principle
Childhood Sexuality
-a broader definition of sex
-pleasurable sensations from all over the body
-erogenous zones
-responsive to pleasurable stimulation
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