The Freud Museum


Does the unconscious change during your lifetime?

It’s unlikely that the unconscious would change of its own accord without some intervention from the outside world, but not impossible. If it wasn't possible to change the unconscious, there would be no point undergoing psychoanalysis! Psychoanalytic work can bring about a change in the unconscious, often bringing a great deal of relief in the process, but the couch is not the only setting where the something can have an impact on the unconscious. The unconscious is receptive to everything that happens around us, so it follows that all kinds of things could bring about a change in how it regulates desire, enjoyment and anxiety.

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