Author: Natsoulas, Thomas
Affiliation: U California, Davis, USA
Title: Freud and consciousness: VII. Dimensions of an alternative interpretation.
Source: Psychoanalysis & Contemporary Thought, 1993. 16 (1): p.67-101
Language: English
Subjects: Thesaurus terms: Consciousness States Freud (Sigmund) Psychoanalytic Theory
Added Keywords: perspectives on Freud's theory of consciousness
Classification Code: Psychoanalytic Theory (3143)
Population Terms: Human
Abstract: Discusses Freud's theory of consciousness from the perspectives of D. Rapaport (1960) and M. M. Gill and G. S. Klein (1964). These authors held that 2 theses are central to Freud's conception: (1) consciousness qua subsystem of the physical apparatus is itself an apparatus analogous to a sense organ; and (2) the sense organ consciousness operates by the economics of the distribution of attention cathexes. This interpretation differs from that of the author who views consciousness as a complex property that is intrinsically possessed only by the conscious physical processes which proceed in Freud's anatomically distinct perception-consciousness system. ((c) 1999 APA/PsycINFO, all rights reserved)