This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

Psychoanalysis and sex

Although the practice of psychoanalysis has faded from the public view somewhat, the theories of Freud have become the unconscious assumptions on which the man in the street now operates. The overall framework of Freudian psychoanalysis is that man’s motivations are never always sub-personal (from below rather than from above), stemming from the ‘id’ and the primitive ‘archetypes’ that we have inherited. This the basis of everything and everything is reduced to it. The results are easy to foresee, which is a tendency to reduce all ‘drives’ to sex, and sex to the unconscious, and the unconscious to animal instinct, and so on. Clearly this is just another formulation based on evolution, but with its fixation on sex and its limited success in interpreting a number of psychopathologies was very seductive for the public, and so it remains with us even if the theories themselves are never studied. In short, we can say that this turns things upside down, like evolutionism in general, and that the forces responsible for eros and sex are to be found not ‘below’ but ‘above’, and that we must find our principles in metaphysics and our transcendence rather than in our biological, animal nature.

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