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Anonymous asked: What elements of Freud's theory do you actually agree with? You mention him a lot

I believe we have an id, ie. innate instincts which we share with the whole animal kingdom: sex, food, sleep. I believe that to complement the id we develop a superego as an internalisation of our parents’ moral values, and this acts as a “guilty conscience”. Of course, then, I also believe in the ego, our sense of self and reality. I believe we learn defense mechanisms such as repression and denial to protect said ego from harm. I believe the manifest content of our dreams has latent meanings which are our unconscious fears, drives and contemplations. I believe our conscious is just the “tip of the iceberg”.
I partially believe in the psychosexual stages of development. I do definitely think that infants seek pleasure, but not quite in the sexual way Freud described. It’s ridiculous to deny that infants seek gratification. Freud just thought there were sexual undertones to this, and I disagree with him there. I think in early stages the driving force for gratification is simply biological need. But when a child gets to about 7 I do think they have (albeit weak!) sexual desires, mostly stemming from curiosity and discovery. I remember feeling hugely embarrassed at the mention of anything remotely related to sex at this age, but also being intrigued by it.
I mostly just disagree with his methodology - c’mon Sigmund, you can’t support theories about childhood with retrospective reports from middle aged Viennese aristocratic women, especially eithout actually observing many kids.
I hope that answers your question. If you wanna come off anon I’d love to discuss psychoanalysis some time!

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Aw I’ve just remembered that the other day someone asked me a question about psychoanalysis and said “Well, Beth, you’re the go-to person on Freud, and psychology in general” ☺️

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