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What in your opinion is the most important Metapsychological concept of Freudian psychoanalysis?


Like any other subject of study, Metapsychology is not committed to a specific method, or to a fixed belief system. It is the study of the origin, structure, and function of the mind and of the relationship between the mind or sprit and the physical universe. It is a study of the individual, his abilities and his experience, as from his point of view. In the words of Freud over a century ago, "I may use the name of metapsychology for any psychology that leads behind consciousness,"[1]

The purpose of writing this essay is to give my opinion on what I consider to be the most important metasychological concept of Freudian psychoanalysis. The papers on metapsychology were written between 1915 and 1917 and cover a wide range of the concepts that evolved out of Freud’s thinking such as his theory on the structure of personality and also his development of personality. Freud was highly creative and productive and devoted most of his life formulating and extending his theory on psychoanalysis. Freud went through his own self-analysis by exploring his own dreams and gained a lot of insight into the dynamics of personality development. His efforts resulted in the most comprehensive theory of personality and psychotherapy ever developed

In the following, I will describe and develop the theory of the “Unconscious” to substantiate my opinion that Freud’s theory of the “Unconscious” was in fact the most important metasychological concept that he developed. As part of this, I will also take a look at the process of how he developed free association as he believed this provided the gateway for the unconscious to be brought into the light. Furthermore, he had a particular fascination for dreams and said that dreams were a privilege access to the unconscious. For Freud the unconscious was full of wishes or desires, traumatic memories and painful...