In brief, the Freudian unconscious
is a topographical concept which contains all the content unavailable to the conscious mind.
22) This may sound fairly similar to how mediums of the 19th century expressed themselves, but Lacan insists that the Freudian unconscious
has nothing in common with that fluid, 19th century, "Romantic" understanding of Von Hartmann and his predecessors (1973, p.
What I mean to highlight is that although Lacan has of course been subjected to as myriad readings as is humanly imaginable, it is remarkable how often it is forgotten that his work makes the best sense if understood as a clinical practice based on a return to the Freudian Unconscious
The Freudian unconscious
appeared along with such inventions as the typewriter, film, the moving-picture camera, and the first mass daily newspapers read by both men and women.
In the first, Fijman is reconnected to the pre-nineteenth-century association of madness with the sacred, via the surrealists' assimilation of the Freudian unconscious
Diane O'Donoghue, "Sites of Dispacement: Visualities of the Freudian Unconscious
," paper delivered at the CIHA, Montreal, Canada, August 2004.
A strange amnesia comes over women when they review the contents of their purses, an inability to remember why they placed things in an accessory that, in the cases of the most absent-minded women, begins to resemble the Freudian unconscious
, the psychic realm of forgetfulness in whose darkness objects -- like painful memories -- are swallowed up.
As the metaphor of the "hidden continent" suggests, Jay treats the phenomena of visuality in terms reminiscent of the Freudian unconscious
, as a terrain of ambivalence, an ensemble of forces to be contained or censored, an alien species to be "denigrated.
In this regard, Rashkin's phantom work holds a tenuous rapport with the Freudian unconscious
, and in fact seems even more detached from an important ancestor of the phantom itself in Abraham's work.
Stern makes a pioneering break from the traditional psychoanalytic notion of the Freudian unconscious
, and although he is politic in not denying either its existence or significance in psychoanalysis, he makes the point, assertively, that a patient's mutation in psychoanalysis is not beholden to psychoanalytic interventions, and/or interpretations of the here and now.
Among the topics are a neuro-physiological understanding of the Freudian unconscious
, implicit body representations in action, body structure in psychotic and autistic children, a functional neurodynamics for the constitution of the own body, different metaphysical backgrounds on body image and body schema, and the relation of the body image to sensation and its absence.
Mohanty contribute their own phenomenological analyses, the former elucidating the Freudian unconscious
in the light of the thought of Husserl and Schopenhauer, the latter exploring the relationship between ignorance and knowledge with reference to Indian philosophy.
The silence of sexuality is seen to conceal the Freudian unconscious
, equated with 'primal human truths', that the writer seeks to penetrate.