Source | LinkedIn : By Cory Galbraith
He smoked cocaine, could speak seven languages – and as a boy, wanted to marry his mother.
Sigmund Freud – both genius and quack – pioneered psychoanalysis, believing in the power of the unconscious mind.
While many of his theories have been put into question over the years – Freud’s advice on how we can improve our lives through changed thinking brings a fresh perspective to combat today’s battle with negativity, depression and lack of meaning.
“Most people do not really want freedom, because freedom involves responsibility, and most people are frightened of responsibility.”
Freud’s words were perhaps never more accurate than today. Millions are playing the blame game, unwilling to take responsibility for themselves. But, as Freud accurately pointed out – once we do, we will feel incredible strength and freedom because we’ll become the master of our own fate. High self-esteem, confidence and a deep belief that we’re headed in the right direction all stem from our ability to grab the reigns. Wake up tomorrow knowing that taking responsibility will equal empowerment.
“Being entirely honest with oneself is a good exercise.”
Freud wanted all of his patients to be honest – about their past, their feelings, and their beliefs (no matter how painful). He reasoned that all of us are better at deceiving ourselves than we are of others (and as such, we are our own worst enemy). That self-deception can and does hold us back. We tell ourselves outright lies to avoid what we believe will be humiliation or disappointment. A key message for today from the mind of Sigmund Freud is that yes, you are good enough.
“Neurotics complain of their illness, but they make the most of it, and when it comes to talking it away from them they will defend it like a lioness her young.”
Freud believed that many people prefer to be miserable because negativity is the only thing they know. Today, science confirms that what we put into our mind is what will be reflected outwardly. Constantly putting ourselves down, watching violence or being in toxic relationships can transform us into an endless state of negativity. The unconscious mind, fed a regular diet of “wrong” thoughts will program accordingly. Freud believed that the unconscious is also able to hide repressed feelings and in so doing, can cause erratic and destructive behavior, ending only once the buried feelings and thoughts are released. Let’s not forget to feed our unconscious mind with the right messages of self-love, adventure, learning and openness, to build our lives and careers.