Psychology of the Unconscious

1750 WordsJan 26, 20187 Pages
Introduction Through the different processes of social attachment and detachment, individuals are shaped and influenced because of the way people and entities become connected in our shared worlds (Redman, 2008a, p. 181). These processes are important mechanisms by which collective worlds and the individuals who reside in these worlds are created (Redman, 2008b, p. 4). From a psychoanalytic point of view, sociologists suggest that these social attachments happen through processes that are, to some extent, unconscious (The Open University, 2014a). These processes, which range from thoughts and feelings to impulses and emotional textures, are not easily available to conscious reflection. However, the effects of unconscious activity can be located in conscious thought and witnessed in human interactions (Redman and Whitehouse-Hart, 2008, p. 60). These unconscious processes mediate our personal awareness of social worlds by ‘translating’ the individuals and entities we encounter in the outer world into forms that ‘resonate with internal experiences, preoccupations, fantasies and senses of self-other relationships’ (Chodorow, 1999, cited in Redman, 2008a, p. 177). This assignment will explore how social worlds are mediated by unconscious processes using research surveillance from the television programme ‘Big Brother’, the Northern Ireland ‘Troubles’ and the case of Victoria Climbié. Furthermore, it will outline some potential criticisms of this claim. Transference, projection,
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