Tag: Sigmund Freud


Democracy and the Media: The relationship between Public Relations industry and democratic process.

The four-part documentary series The Century of the Self captures the rise of one of the definitive industries of the 20th century, namely, Public Relations (PR). The term Public Relations is somewhat of a euphemism, for far from maintaining healthy relations with consumers the industry actually acts against their interests. It is true that the role of PR is to keep the public contended, but the problem lies in the means it adopts to achieve this end. Instead of addressing genuine public grievances through transparent sharing of information, PR firms specialize in manufacturing misinformation and spinning dubious facts.

The Century of the Self exposes how thorough and scientific the PR industry has become. In its early days the industry concerned itself with selling products by highlighting its features. However, quite soon, as the Unique Selling Propositions (USPs) of competing products decreased, the only way of distinguishing products was through their perceptions. This . . . Read More

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‘I Started Early, Took My Dog’ by Emily Dickinson

Emily Dickinson’s poems lend themselves to Freudian psychoanalysis as they are full of psycho-emotional posturing and insight. The poem in question ‘I Started Early, Took My Dog’ is subject to various interpretations as it is abstract and lacks a concrete meaning.  The poem is thus rich in its interpretive scope across both literary and psychological dimensions. Sigmund Freud, who was a pioneer in the field of analytic psychology, placed a lot of importance on unconscious cognitive processes and behaviors exhibited by individuals.  He posited that the unconscious cognitive patterns have a greater control over an individual’s actions and perception compared to conscious reflection and volitional behavior.  Likewise, sexual symbolism, especially as manifest in imagination and fantasy, holds profound significance for the entire psychological makeup of the subject.

In the poem I Started Early, the author Emily Dickinson uses imagery and symbolism at various places.  . . . Read More

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Civilization and its Discontents & Bury Me Standing

The central thesis of Sigmund Freud’s Civilization and its Discontents is the assertion that the conflict between sexual needs and the societies restrictions is a big factor to human “dissatisfaction, aggression, hostility and ultimately, violence”.  Given that the book was published in 1930, people’s mindsets were largely conservative, which led to protests and outcry against the book.  But putting it in a purely scientific context, there is much truth in this thesis. *Freud’s introduction to his book begins with the following . . . Read More

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