Explore the history and evolution of the theory of the unconscious mind
Explore the history and evolution of the theory of the unconscious mind.How is the concept of ‘exorcism’ linked to unconsciousness?
Explore the history and evolution of the theory of the unconscious mind. Your essay should address the following questions concepts and people.
How is the concept of ‘exorcism’ linked to unconsciousness? (a major name associated- Gassner)
The link between Gassner and Mesmer.
The initial ideas of animal magnetism and the development of those ideas by Mesmer.
The concept of suggestion by Liebault and Bernheim
The practice of hypnosis by Janet and Charcot
The connection between Hypnosis (Charcot and Janet) and Sigmund Freud.
How did Freud alter the concept of unconsciousness from what Charcot and Janet were doing?
How did subsequent theorists alter Freud’s model of unconsciousness (i.e. Jung).
How do we view unconsciousness today?
Be sure to explain how each idea leading up to Freud’s model is actually hinting at the idea of ‘unconsciousness’ as we know it today.
For example exorcism sparked interest in unconsciousness because people who were involved were behaving in certain ways that seemed outside of their awareness and control.
They seemed to be answering to some ‘inner voice or inner commander’ and for this reason the theory of demons and exorcism led philosophers and scientists to begin to question other possible explanations aside from ‘demons.
The following articles are hard to wade through but they do a nice job of painting a picture of the history and context of the idea of unconsciousness. These are tedious but do your best to follow and make some notes to help you organize your thoughts. You may also use other resources you find online.
Be sure to accurately cite your references on a citation page. This should be the final page and there should be nothing on it other than your citations. Below you will also find a link to a resource page that will help you to do the citations correctly.
The Discovery of the Unconscious: The History and Evolution of Dynamic Psychiatry
History and Evolution of the Unconscious Before and After Sigmund Freud
SimplyPsychology – Unconscious Mind
Does the Unconscious Really Exist?