Sigmund Freud: The “Tip of the Iceberg”

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The mind is the most complex organ of the human body. Several times it can lead us into making inexplicable choices and performing actions that contrast any kind of logic. Many contemporary scientists devoted years of work and research trying to analyze and explain the so-called ‘brain psychology.’ The common denominator among all of those scientists is that they have as their starting point the ‘iceberg metaphor’ from the father of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud.

The founder of psychoanalysis introduced to the arts and humanities circles the ’iceberg metaphor’ which in essence for him is the brain structure.

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According to Freud the mind can be divided into two main parts, the conscious mind and the unconscious mind.

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The first is the tip of the iceberg and generally whatever is above the water surface. This includes all that we are aware of and that the mind can rationalize and interpret without too much effort.

The second part, the unconscious, is the remainder of the iceberg that is under water and constitutes ¾ of the human brain. According to Freud, the unconscious is a reservoir of feelings, thoughts, urges and actions that are not available to us at conscious level and cannot be rationalized. In summary, the contents of the unconscious are unwelcoming and unpleasant and result in feelings of panic, anxiety, pain and discomfort.

The power of the unconscious is so strong and dominant that overcomes the boundaries of the conscious and influences and shapes our actions. The unconscious is formed by our childhood experiences that the conscious is unable to rationalise and interpret.

So the next time you mistake the name of your colleague with that of your partner be sure that this is not simply an accident or coincidence but the result of the way your unconscious mind works.

 

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