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The freudian conscious

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Abstract:

To reduce the likelihood that psychology will develop in a deeply flawed manner, the present article seeks to provide an introduction to Freud’s conception of consciousness because, for among other reasons, his general theory is highly influential in our science and culture and among the best understood by clinicians and experimentalists. The theory is complex and all of its major parts have a bearing on one another; indeed, consciousness has a central place in the total conceptual structure — as is argued, in effect, throughout the present article. The discussion focuses mainly on how conscious psychical processes differ from processes of the psychical apparatus that do not instantiate the Freudian attribute of consciousness. This intrinsic attribute that belongs to every conscious psychical process is seen as including, along with qualitative content, an unmediated, witting awareness of the psychical process that is directed upon itself.

Keywords: Consciousness; Freud; emotion; intentionality; psychoanalysis.; unconscious

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1075/ce.2.1.02nat

Affiliations: University of California, Davis

Publication date: October 1, 2001

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