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Is the unconscious irrational?

The unconscious is commonly thought to be an irrational side of us, but Freud described a complex and highly organised system that works according to laws. It seems irrational because these laws are very different to the ones we're used to and associate with rational conscious thought. Freud showed that even when we do things that seem totally irrational to our conscious minds, there is a process of reasoning going on.



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