Friday, January 13, 2017

Freud's Power of Deductive Reasoning

Most of Sigmund Freud's conclusions about the workings of the mind, civilization's struggles, and other aspects of humanity come from deductive reasoning. As a doctor who greatly advanced the study of mental disorders, he was an expert at unveiling what is not visibly clear. For example, in the story of the woman who goes to the market with her cook, Freud deduces that the woman's dream has sexual connotations and is consistent with other patients who were childhood victims of sexual attacks. Whether or not you believe Freud's ideas, Freud was certainly a very abstract thinker that helped promote progress in society and move the thinking of his time away from the Enlightened ideas of the 19th century.

4 comments:

Dylan Bryan said...

I think Freud's concepts of the mind were a great beginning to understanding how the brain works. Although he might not have had a complete understand of how the brain functions, he had a definite concept and reasonable theories. His theories also deserve credibility because he was proven to be able to understand and interpret people's dreams. Freud believed the brain had parts that controlled different actions and emotions: the id, the ego, and the superego. Today we see part of this is true as the brain is separated in various areas that control different bodily functions and emotions. Freud may not have been entirely accurate in his concepts, but he was ahead of his time and had great insight and ideas on how the mind functions

Rickeia Coleman said...

Freud's concepts were new and refreshing and actually helped progress society. I agree that he obviously did not know everything about the brain, but his theories were backed up by reasonable arguments that actually aid us in our understanding of the brain. Many cases such as hysteria and other mental illnesses appeared during the 19th century and Freud was able to apply his concepts about the brain in order to help these people. Freud fought to find the root cause using the three parts of the mind. In some crazy way Freud was actually able to assist these people and I agree that he had many things to learn but was still far beyond his time in his theories.

Brooke Williamson said...

I think Freud's depiction of the interpretation of dreams and the parts of the brain are interesting. He identifies the subconscious, preconcious, and unconcious to differentiate human action. I think this is a significant analysis of human reason.

Julia Scofield said...

Will freuds analysis of the brain tonhave 3 parts, the id, the conscious, and the super conscious, many of his observations seemed rooted in sexism. His observations on men seemed to be rooted in sexuality and aggression whereas his observations on women seemed to focus on hysteria and previous trauma.