READING MANY OF FREUD’S THEORIES, I CANNOT HELP BUT HAVE AN INTUITIVE REACTION OR AT LEAST A SPONTANEOUS WILLINGNESS TO “SUSPEND DISBELIEF.” (FRANKLAND, 2000) FREUD, ESPECIALLY IN THE EARLY PERIOD OF HIS WORK DURING HIS DREAM INTERPRETATION PHASE; READING ABOUT FREUD COMBING THE UNCONSCIOUS FOR SIGNS IS A LITTLE LIKE READING ALICE IN WONDERLAND, IT MAKES NO SENSE, WHAT IS IT REALLY SUPPOSE TO MEAN? WHAT DOES FREUD REALLY WANT US TO BELIEVE?
In contrast, my own personal belief system has been rooted in fifty years of life’s many trials and tribulations, careers, love and loss, academic achievement and spiritual awareness. I intend to use this paradigm, my beliefs in contrast to Freud’s, as a point of entry to discuss briefly my views on the Freudian construct of spirituality/religion, and mourning.
Just as it is impossible for us to know conclusively, whether God exists and what He is like unless He takes the initiative and reveals Himself, which He has not. It is preciously in view of that fact or my analysis of that fact; that Freud’s claims on death, and mourning vis-à-vis, his understanding of spirituality/religion seem to create particular chaos in my mind. Specifically, I will use my work as a spiritual practitioner to help to juxtapose my position. I will address the example of Freud’s theory on mourning and death using his work Mourning and Melancholia. (Strachey, 1915)
Certainly, the early work of Freud was exploratory and much of Freud’s work was developing hypotheses that sought some validation in evidence. Given that, what exactly were Freud’s concepts or hypotheses about mourning and death? Freud’s hypothesis of mourning is in response to loss. Mourning he concludes is a process which must be conducted over time, along with processes involving the gradual transformation and development or recovery of the individual. (Strachey, 1916) Freud’s hypothesis of death carried with it a great dualistic component that...