The Impact Of Unconscious Conflict

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he Impact of Unconscious Conflict in Childhood and Resulting Pathogenic Issues in Adulthood Sara Brezinski HBSE II Dr. Larimore August 17, 2014 The impact of unconscious conflict in childhood, as a result of learned behavior from the parent, results in pathogenic issues in adulthood. Childhood is a time of learning by imitation of parental figures, development of behavior, and the development of mental processes. Freud, John Dollard, and Neal Miller outline developmental stages that can lead to pathogenic issues in adulthood if affected by neurotic behaviors of parental figures. Freud first touched on this idea of an unconscious conflict in his psychosexual stages of development. Freud believed that, “parents play a major role in providing satisfaction for the child’s instinctual urges and too much or too little need satisfaction can create pathology that is manifested in adulthood” (Robbins, Chatterjee & Canada, p. 175, 2012). In comparison, John Dollard and Neal Miller termed the phrase unconscious conflict as a way to describe Freud’s theory from a behavioral aspect (Robbins, Chatterjee & Canada, p. 353, 2012). The combination of these two theories sheds light on the importance of the parental role on childhood development. The term “unconscious” was first defined by Freud. He stated that, “the unconscious is the part of the mind that holds ideas, thoughts, and memories that we cannot access and bring into our conscious awareness. Because we
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