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Wilfrid Laurier University
Christopher Anderson

A key idea a psychotherapist will introduce into the therapy is the distinction between what is seen and observed with what is hidden and unobserved text and subtext the manifest and the latent the surface of what you can see vs underlying meaningThe analysts confronting the manifest content the goal of the analyst is to scratch beneath the surface get to the latent content that isnt immediately apparentOne concept is the dream royal road to unconscious the stuff of the dream that you will describe to the analysts the manifest content and they will help you figure out the latent part of the dreamFreud regarded human behaviour as multilayers multiple potential meanings Human isnt just determined by all the wishes and urges etcits over determinedThe goal is to unravel all of these meanings and bring it to lifeAdditional metaphor that is helpful to understanding is to use the idea of a treaty or compromise between all the competing forces of how we want to behaveAl of the structural components inside of us want to have some say of our behaviour but they have to compromise to produce a behaviour and Freud saw behaviour as a formation of compromised behaviour compromised and resolvedAll behaviours consist of this some behaviours show this in a unique formFor eg slips of the tongue parapraxies you mean to say one thing but accidentally you say something else this notion of a slip fro Freud were very revealing the compromised between we want to say unconsciously thinking or wanting with the things that were allowed to sayslips of the tongue are hiccups of the system where the compromise is more obviousSymptoms heating forces of us which are let out a little at a time through symptomsDreams where we try to in disguised form to allow ourselves to experience all the wishes and urges we cant experience in conscious life the playground we allow ourselves is the dream it represents a wish fulfillment a kind of compromise meaning of the dream must be disguised so our conscious is not awareSurface dreammanifest content based on latent material somehow we manage to go from thi
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