Friday, 11 December 2015

Conversations with Freud

Freud has always intrigued me. I have just finished reading A General Introduction to Psychoanalysis by Sigmund Freud, it's quite long but it's very interesting. 

Having suffered from depression in my mid-twenties, it was in therapy that I learned the power of the words. The benefits of telling someone my innermost doubts, fears, anger, insecurities and shame. I had so much on my plate at the time and I wouldn't have copped without help. I lost 15 kilos, I lost myself and I didn't have the faintest idea of what I wanted to do. I had to confront myself in order to get out of that black hole that was sucking the life out of me. 

Sadly, the truth is that we tend to judge people with depression. I can even give you some examples of the things I heard from people: "Eat beans, Giselle - this sadness is just anemia", or "you have too much free time that's why you are depressed" and "Depression? All you need is something to do."

As much I wished these advices would have the power to heal me, in reality it only made me feel worse. If you are in doubt of getting some help, here are some elucidative explanations about what Psychoanalysis is from Freud himself. This "General introduction to Psychoanalysis" is in fact a compilation of his lectures while working as Professor in the University; about what his new science was and what it could achieve. Despite all the controversy around his work, the fact that some of his ideas were later shredded into pieces or developed and transformed,  the fact still remains that if it wasn't for him the sickness of the mind would never had received any attention. Or even worse, would still be incurable.  

Therapy is a journey to find the light in the end of the tunnel. 

"Words were originally magic; and the word retains much of its old magic power even to-day.  With words one man can make another blessed, or drive him to despair; by words the teacher transfers his knowledge to the pupil; by words the speaker sweeps his audience with him and determines its judgements and decisions. Words call forth effects and are the universal means of influencing human beings."
"Psychoanalysis is learned, first of all, from a study of one's self, through the study of one's own personality. " (...)

"You have been trained to reduce the functions of an organism and its disorders anatomically, to explain them in terms of chemistry and physics and to conceive them biologically, but no portion of 
your interest has been directed to the psychic life, in which, after all, the activity of this wonderfully 
complex organism culminates. For this reason psychological thinking has remained strange to you and you have accustomed yourselves to regard it within suspicion, to deny it the character of scientific, to leave to to the laymen, poets, natural philosophers and mystics."

If you are going through depression, do raise the red flag and ask for help. There is a cure.
All you need to say is : "I need help" and believe that no matter what anyone says, you can get out of this. You can.
Much Love, G.

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