Thursday, January 12, 2017

Just to talk about incest

In class, Mrs. Quinet gave us a few passages from Freud to read. He talks a lot of sexuality and the subconscious mind. Wasn't he also the guy who coined the term "Oedipus complex"? He states that a young boy subconsciously wants to kill his father and sleep with his mother. I'm not sure why he thought this was true, but he seems to be very interested in the psychology of sexuality.

4 comments:

Joseph Martin said...

I wholeheartedly enjoyed the excerpts from Freud. He did come up with the Oedipus complex, but that is only one of the many things that he has contributed to society. He has greatly advanced the field of psychology and ideas about human nature. Freud believed that humans seek out conflict when the unconscious desires in the subconscious are forced to go along with society. I believe this is correct in many cases and is a superb explanation for why there is so much conflict in the world today. Figuring out the root of conflict could be the first step on a long journey to reduce the violence that occurs every day.

Brooke Williamson said...

I think Freud's depiction of the Oedipus complex signify his want to rationalize human behavior, specifically with males. This is to show how competitive nature is innate with human beings and often times can't be controlled because it's part of our natural makeup.

Bailey Taylor said...

I do not at all believe in the Oedipus complex. I don't believe that sons are attracted to their mothers. Oedipus did not know that he was marrying his mother nor did he know that he was killing his father. When he found out, he gouged his eyes out; therefore, he did not want to kill his father and marry his mother.

Bailey Taylor said...

I also wonder why it is not the same for women to want to marry their fathers and kill their mothers? Freud is one of the most interesting philosophers in my opinion.