Religion as a collective neurosis

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  • Created on: 21-04-18 12:58

Sigmund Freud developed ideas about the psyche (personality) and believed that it was divided into the id, the ego and the superego

  • The id is the primitive and impulsive part of our psyche which responds to instincts
  • The superego is the moral part of personality, which includes the conscience and the ideal-ego
  • The ego is the decision-making part of the personality: it is the conscious self that experiences moral conflicts, reflected in dreams and neurotic symptoms

Freud noted in an article entitled Obsessive Actions and Religious Practices that people who suffer from an obsessional neurosis involving compulsive repeated actions exhibited similar patterns of behaviour to religious people, who feel uneasy if…


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