Psychics and Psychoanalysis
Written by: Michelle Belanger
Modern psychology has no room for psychic experiences -- or does it? The following article briefly explores a link between psychoanalysis and psychic experiences -- a link acknowledged by none other than Sigmund Freud!
Dr. Sigmund Freud, recognized as one of the fathers of modern psychology, developed a technique of therapy that hinged upon an exploration of a patient's dreams. Called psychoanalysis, this technique was founded on the notion that dreams contained meaningful symbols that often cast light upon information that the patience was not consciously willing to share -- either with his therapist or with himself. This hidden information was believed to hold the keys to solving a patient's psychological disorders, hearkening back to ancient Greek techniques of healing where a patient would sleep in the hopes of dreaming of a cure for his troubles.
Psychoanalysis was a long and drawn out process, and it often built a very strong bond between doctor and patient. This bond not only seemed to forge strong emotional and psychological connections – according to the EPKFE Controversy, it forged psychic bonds as well.
A number of psychiatrists noted that their patients began having dreams laden with personal information from the therapist's own life -- information that the patient could not possibly know. The traditionalists of the psychological community refused to accept that anything extraordinary could be going on. Most critics of the debate suggested that the analysts were subconsciously revealing this information to their patients in therapy. This is not surprising, considering the belief in ESP and telepathic communication is officially labeled under the title “magical thinking.” Magical thinking is a fairly serious psychological symptom, and it is linked with schizophrenia and schizotypal disorders – some of the most severe psychological disorders an individual can suffer.
Because of the traditionalists, one does not associate psychology with a belief in psychic abilities. Quite the contrary, most people who have had psychic experiences worry about the state of their sanity. A belief in actual magick is something one does not profess to a therapist except when seeking a one-way ticket to the looney bin. And yet later in life, Freud himself admitted to instances of dream telepathy in his patients. By 1935, Freud admitted that dreams sometimes contained the transference of thoughts, as well as possible psychic perceptions of the past and the future. He felt that dreams were the ideal place for people to experience telepathic communication as well as other instances of ESP. In a paper published after his death, he even calls for a deeper exploration of this aspect of human experience.