Freud Standard Edition (1923) (2)


« He division of the psychical into what is conscious and unconscious is the fundamental premiss of psychoanalysis; and it alone makes it possible for psychoanalysts to understand the pathological processes in mental life … and to find a place for them in the framework of science »

Sigmund FREUD. (1923). The Ego and the Id. Standard Edition 19, p.13.

« … the question then is whether this ‘something’ can become conscious in the place where it is, or whether it must first be transmitted to the system Pcpt. Clinical experience decides for the latter. It shows us that this ‘something’ behaves like a repressed impulse. It can exert driving force without the ego noticing the compulsion. Not until there is resistance to the compulsion, a hold-up in the discharge reaction, does the ‘something’ at once become conscious as unpleasure … »

Sigmund FREUD (1923). The Ego and the Id. Standard Edition 19, p22.

« We have come upon something in the ego itself, which is also unconscious, which behaves exactly like the repressed—that is, which produces powerful effects without itself being conscious and which requires special work before it can be made conscious. From the point of view of analytic practice, the consequence of this discovery is that we land in endless obscurities and difficulties if we keep to our habitual forms of expression and try, for instance, to derive neuroses from a conflict between the conscious and the unconscious.  »

Sigmund FREUD (1923). The Ego and the Id. Standard Edition 19, p17.