FREUD IN LONDON, 1938. Austrian neurologist and founder of psychoanalysis. Reading his manuscript of ‘An Outline of Psychoanalysis,’ 1938.

Psychoanalysis is the art of understanding your own mind in order to expand your perspective so new parts of your subconscious awareness become part of your conscious awareness. Or as Freud himself explained it through his essay: “Psycho-analysis is a remarkable combination, for it comprises not only a method of research into the neuroses but also a method of treatment based on the aetiology thus discovered. I may begin by saying that psycho-analysis is not a child of speculation, but the outcome of experience; and for that reason, like every new product of science, is unfinished. It is open to anyone to convince himself by his own investigations of the correctness of the theses embodied in it, and to help in the further development of the study”. (Freud, 1913)

What is self-actualization? This is how Carl Rogers described it in his book Client- Centered Therapy:  It’s Current Practice, Implications and Theory (1951): “The organism has one basic tendency and striving – to actualize, maintain, and enhance the experiencing organism” (Rogers, 1951, p. 487). Nowadays, society is walking towards the collective, conscious evolution of consciousness. Outlets like the Internet and social media have influenced the acceleration of self-taught psychoanalysis.

Freud File reports: “psychoanalysis has also been highlighted by media coverage on the most common channels: radio, TV or cinema. Famous movies brought to the forefront famous psychoanalysts like Sigmund Freud or Carl Jung. Several documentaries have been dedicated to Freud’s life and work, and even a TV series that has amazed by the accuracy of the information provided”. So what’s the role of the subconscious mind and why are people increasingly becoming interested in understanding this part of themselves?

DO YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS?

“At this point you have a right to raise the question, ‘If there is no such thing as objective verification of psychoanalysis, and no possibility of demonstrating it, how can one possibly learn psychoanalysis and convince himself of the truth of its claims?’ The fact is, the study is not easy and there are not many persons who have learned psychoanalysis thoroughly; but nevertheless, there is a feasible way. Psychoanalysis is learned, first of all, from a study of one’s self, through the study of one’s own personality.”

~Sigmund Freud, 1917. An Introduction to Psychoanalysis.

[Bibliography: Psychoanalysis]