Psychoanalysis: A Theory of the Human Subject

November 28, 2020
Psychoanalysis: A Theory of the Human Subject

When humans became conscious of their existence as objects inthe world, their nature proved to be an enigma. It kept thinkersand philosophers--for centuries--busy dealing with its mystery. Inall the impressive efforts made by great thinkers, there was alwaysa missing element that prevented a full closure on its makeup. Latein the nineteenth century when Freud was experimenting withpsychotherapy, he discovered and established the existence ofunconscious processes that permeate the subject's psychologicallife. They coexisted in every conscious and cognitive humanactivity and made it difficult to understand the nature of thesubject as a simple entity. Freud and some talented coworkers madestrides in discovering the nature of the subject. However, they didnot realize that they were building a theory of the human subject.Because they were working in the field of psychotherapy and mentalhealth, psychoanalysis was thus branded a technique ofpsychotherapy. This book is of the view that psychoanalysis is atheory of the human subject, which could have a psychotherapeuticfacet. Few psychical features of the human subject were chosen inthis book to be explained in their psychoanalytic capacity.Psychoanalysis was also discussed as an act of treating thesubject, not some isolated and separate attributes of it.