Animism as Worldview

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Essay #: 063430
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Animism as Worldview
Sigmund Freud is one of the most important psychologists. He is considered the father of psychoanalysis. His most famous theory concerned the relationship between the conscious and unconscious mind(Bowie vii). Freud used his theory to explain a range of phenomena including mental illness to social organization.
In this essay we will explore what Freud has said about the evolution of worldviews. In particular we will be looking at Freud’s arguments about animism. The argument presented in this essay is that animism as Freud explains it is as comprehensive world view. Animism resulted in the whole of the human being divided into components and some of those components being projected externally. This separation involved...
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.....elief that magic could change reality. This system influenced religion and survives in society as superstition. Therefore, animism still has an impact on human psychology.
Works Cited
Bowie, Malcolm, “Introduction” in An Outline of Psychoanalysis,
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Freud, Sigmund, “Animism, Magic and the Omnipotence of Thoughts”
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Freud, Sigmund, “Introductory Lectures on Psychoanalysis” in
An Outline of Psychoanalysis, Helena
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