Freud Essays On Religion

INTRODUCTION In this essay I will look into the studies and the theories of Sigmund Freud and Carl Gustav Jung and their insight into religion.

Sigmund Freud was born on May 6 1856 in Freiberg, Moravia, now in the Czech Republic.

If a member were to die or be killed, they left to rot or be eaten by other animals.

This was due to the limited consciousness of the primitive humans, they could not comprehend that the world did not revolve around themselves, in other words they were not really aware of other tribe member's consciousness.

However, the removal of religion from society would be painful, but Freud argued that the end result would justify the means (Freud 1927) Critique of Freud Firstly Freud drew his conclusions based heavily on anthropological theories, this is easily discredited and has been one of the most attacked points of Freud? The idea of the totem meal is heavily criticized by E. Evans-Pritchard, who doubts that this even happened and that the idea that guilt is handed down from generation to generation is equally discredited.

Secondly, the Oedipus complex also comes under criticism.

Freud developed the techniques of ''Psycho-Analysis'' for the treatment of psychological and emotional disorders.

Which brings me to Carl Gustav Jung, whom Freud met in 1907 and the pair became close friends.

This answer led a lot of people to yet again question Jung? s idea of religious experience stemmed from the idea that it occurs within the mind. Conclusion What have we learned from Freud and Jung on the value of religious belief?

However many disagree, it has been said that a religious experience is external.

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