Thursday, January 30, 2014
Frued and Divergent
I've found a lot of our most recent discussions pertaining to Freud very interesting. Right now I am reading Divergent, (there is about to be a movie about it) which is about a dystopian Chicago. I saw a few similarities between the book and Freud and psychoanalysis. In the book, each member of each faction goes under a simulation when they turn 16 which determines which faction they are most compatible with. This simulation digs deep into each persons subconscious as they undergo a test while unconscious. The way they respond to the test reveals their subconscious intentions. In the book, the main character Tris is a Divergent because she is able to maintain her consciousness while under the simulation. As a result, she shows signs of belonging to three different factions. As a Divergent, she can manipulate the simulations and in a way protect her subconscious. This makes her harder to control, which becomes a threat to the leaders of the Erudite faction. To develop these simulations the Erudites must have had to study Freudian concepts of psychoanalysis. From what I understand, psychoanalysis basically tries to make you conscious of your subconscious. In the simulations in Divergent the test digs into your subconscious to help you understand how you would react to certain situations and in return determine which faction you belong to. Basically, after the test you are more conscious of your subconscious. I don't know too much about Freud and Psychoanalysis so everything I said above might be completely wrong but I do find the subject very interesting and would like to study it more in the future. I'm really interested in learning more about how the brain works and why people behave certain ways.