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Sigmund Freud Psychology - How thought emerges from experience

Updated on June 8, 2013
Sigmund Freud
Sigmund Freud | Source

Where do all of our thoughts come from? Hmmm...

Thought originates from the depths of experience in my opinion, and may also come from inner visions not of your own, as in watching with that of your eyes or viewing television, movies, videos, and also through the sense of taste, touch, smell, or hearing. Memories are collections from all of this sense detection, and observation of ones surroundings.

Whenever the human mind is to absorb any form of information, whether it be cognitively absorbed through daily moments this occurs, the whole conjuring of thoughts and storing of memories begin. It could be picturing something dazzling taking place, listening to music, or feeling something, through sensitive touch like the shock one gets from touching a hot stove. This all spells live action, that will also induce the thought process even further, and our minds interpolate, gravitate, as well as extrapolate such data by unconsciously recording each and every given moment that passes, becoming their past memories.

I do believe this is what also conjures up thoughts, and these experiential moments become huge memories over time, as the mind then records such data, and or relevant information for a more permanent record equating to one's learned knowledge, and understanding of the active as well as passive environment around them.

A good example of this, is when a baby or a child is exposed to something new for the very first time, lets say a specific type of a sound, maybe a word for instance. When that very word is repeated, and pronounced out loud to them quite frequently, what will tend to occur by that of the child is a mimicry technique or type of auditory response. This is almost effective immediately, as the child shall try to do the same by mocking the parents sound off of such a word.


The growing pains

Children are spectacular creatures, and are the very reason why much of the study of psychology is continuously being worked on, and child psychology also known as developmental psychology, works wonders today for those who know how to apply such knowledge, and mainly for parents who seek counseling from expert childhood psychologist.

A baby or child is completely innocent, prior to learning many new things, and will attempt to duplicate such a sound as was used in the earlier example, in the subsequent paragraph's before this one, and so they may even attempt to replicate that particular sounded off word their mother or father would make from time to time, and in a somewhat identical manner, and especially after hearing it for the very first time, as well as repetitiously.

To me this could only mean that their precious mind is ever so fragile, and for some odd reason, it has somewhat tried to build a map off of this pure and uncut new experience of hearing a worded sound, and as a sort of recording only to replay such an occurrence over, and over again outwardly as a form of vocal feedback.

Many ancient scientist and philosophers have tried to confirm of such a reality with a great deal of effort (Supplying us theories, pure thoughts and Idealism's), and today the proven facts have been found by doing multiple studies of mental patients, animal experiments, and many psychological mind experiments with college students majoring in psychology all throughout the ages since the subject was born, and even regular clinical studies on the average person. This is what all stemmed from the subject of psychology itself, psychotherapy, the study of the way the mind works using mental synapse, and neural nerve ending development via the spinal chord to the cerebellum in which the brain is said to control (Also found in the study of Neuroscience).

The committee in 1922: Rank, Abraham, Eitingon, Jones (standing), Freud, Ferenczi, Sachs
The committee in 1922: Rank, Abraham, Eitingon, Jones (standing), Freud, Ferenczi, Sachs | Source

Psychology has a long History

Sigmund Freud, a brilliant neurologist at one time, who became well known as the father of psychoanalysis. Was the first to make major breakthroughs when it came to the whole mind game, and being able to map out how a human brain functions primarily on the level of psychosis (An abnormal condition of the mind).

The psyche of a person is mainly controlled by that of his or her environment, and is something that can actually be programmed as a format of response to stimuli. This is something that is taught on the collegiate level, as an initial introduction to college level psychology or referred to by many students as Psyche 101 (

There were many thought experiments done to ordinary people actually by some medical doctors in the field of psychology, and who specialized in the area of psychotherapy to help mental patients.

These thought experiment results all seem to produce very similar effects pretty much as did much of what Sigmund Freud had discovered many years ago, and its helped a bit in dealing with mental health for many physicians world wide, also backing up of other pertinent dealings and findings of their intense research.

Much of the psychopharmaceutical drugs or psychoactive ones that's emerged onto the scene's to fight uncontrollable thoughts, that most patients seem to be haunted by, is all attributed to such findings and studies received from these types of experiments done on us humans. These drugs were created for a specific purpose, and are meant to alter ones consciousness, its been used as a tool to alter ones state of mind, its also been used in ritual practice, as well as spiritual practices at one time or another.

TV Show Survivor
TV Show Survivor | Source

The Environment

Lets take a person to the jungle, drop them off in the middle of its heated action by helicopter, and lets say where a tiger, or a stampede of elephant's are in rare form and live action running for whatever reason it is, and you'll see that the environment has a huge effective impact on the thoughts a human being may then conjure up, as a proactive response. My initial reaction, if it was indeed me who was dropped off would be. "What the Freak! am I going to do now"

Instantaneously what will tend to happen is the absolute fact that, fight or flight response many of us ignore most of the time will suddenly kick into 5th gear. This is so true due to our innate ability to adapt to any given situation on moments notice, now if this person though, that was dropped into this intensely awkward situation, if they weren't fully prepared to take on such an intense activity at that particular moment in time, it could literally spell absolute disaster for them.

Well, especially if they were per say out of shape (Like most Americans today), and couldn't run fast if they needed to, couldn't climb a tree, which requires a person for the most part to be light weight, agile enough to maneuver quickly around obstacles, and to be able to even leap if they had too to safety, well then they would be in deep shit pretty much.

The proof is in how we react to situations

Much of this is seen in that recent reality TV show known as Survivor, where the director of the show plays around with the human experience showing many people's weaknesses to adapt, and some strengths as well. I bring this point up, because when many discussion's of where do thoughts originate from, or that of our memories, begin to come up from time to time. I tend to think back to the most basic of human instincts we have but is clearly dormant or hidden, which many of us in America simply have learned to take for granted, and especially since many of us aren't in our natural habitat, nor ever experienced having a real nature connection with pure wild life.

I must say that I firmly believe that thoughts definitely stem from our natural instincts to survive, but I don't think anyone has pinned it down to be a specific approach to it all. I also believe us humans will tend to surprise even ourselves at moments when we least expect, when thought isn't really required as much as action from pure memory, which may very well be instincts to survive any and all situations if at all possible.

This tends to occur during happenings of sudden impact, struggles, or dealing with moments of tremendous adversity, thus that of the interaction with the environment, and how we react to it all using pure tenacity, dexterity, and adrenaline. So memory plays a huge role on things when it boils down to survival instincts, but thoughts help us to navigate the world's atlas sort of speak when it comes to making our worldly efforts to move around as well, and to learn upon more things.


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      Mike Pugh 

      6 years ago from New York City

      @carol7777, thanks for your deep inputs here and awesome feedback as well, oh yes the mind is very interesting indeed. I enjoyed learning all about it in college many years back, and so I figured why not try an throw up a bit of the learning I did back then, which was around 1993-1997 actually.

      The human brain is fascinating, how it functions, and how scientists, philosophers, theologians, medical physicians, psychiatrist, and the likes all come up with their differing perspectives on it all, is quite mind bending indeed.

      Carol, I just love to play with my own thoughts and all as you very well might have learned recently, if you ever read any of my poetry, which I cannot remember if you have yet, but anyhow it is so fun to do such a thing.

      This all makes me wonder if we actually have any limitations mentally which may ever put a stop to our expanding brain capacity to think of even more things that haven't yet been thought up already.

      The pondering minds, the wanderers and most curious ones always seem to do such things from time to time.

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      carol stanley 

      6 years ago from Arizona

      The entire subject of the human mind fascinates me. And with all we have learned..I believe have only touched the surface. I am often amazed that a tiny cute little baby can grow into a hardened criminal. Some kids with terrible environments rise about and many with loving homes fall into the cracks of society. You have brought up some interesting points and ideas. Great hub with lots of research and thought. Voted way up and shared.

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      Mike Pugh 

      6 years ago from New York City

      Hey @Faith Reaper, just doing my best to sum up things for folks who been asking some pretty cool questions in the Q&A area.

      Thank you for the rave review up above, that was very kind of you, and yes indeed children are extremely observant, and even in the womb.

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      Mike Pugh 

      6 years ago from New York City

      Thank you @AudreyHowitt, for your comment, Ii love the way the human mind functions, as you can see and I still have a great deal to learn, but I try my best to put things into a much clearer perspective from time to time.

      Clarity counts for a great deal for sure, and I'm happy you enjoyed reading my hub here.

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      Faith Reaper 

      6 years ago from southern USA

      Wow, this is an epic hub here! I know that if you speak to a baby while it is in the womb, when it is born it will already know your voice, as it can actually hear your voice inside the womb, which is amazing to me. The baby will recognize his or her mother, daddy, sister, etc. What really gets to me is the mind of a Schizophrenic person who actually believes that people are talking to him or her and they go through their whole lives seeing a person or persons who they believe have been in their lives their whole lives, which they have been, but only in their minds. Interesting hub. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Audrey Howitt 

      6 years ago from California

      You cover a lot of ground in this hub! Congratulations! The human mind is an endlessly fascinating area---


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