Chapter sample of The Psychology of Intuition
The Unconscious Mind
The unconscious mind was first described by Austrian Neurologist, Sigmund Freud, in the late 1800s. It all started with the case of Anna O., a young lady who had developed hysteria. Her symptoms included partial paralysis, loss of sensations, and strong headaches.
The reasons behind Anna’s symptoms were unknown, but through hypnosis, it was soon discovered that they were caused by a repressed traumatic experience. Paradoxically, by uncovering and expressing these hidden memories and emotions, Anna was able to overcome her symptoms. This gave way to the study of the hidden parts of our minds —the unconscious mind.