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De Tijdeloosheid Van Het Onbewuste


Thérèse Noterdaeme

Blijde Inkomststraat 31D 3000 Leuven, BE
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[The Timelessness of the Unconscious]


The notion timelessness of the Unconscious is studied throughout the work of Freud in order to obtain a better understanding of the nature of the Unconscious. The two main aspects of the notion timelessness are successively analysed. The first aspect, the absence of temporal order, concerns the contents of the Unconscious. Its narrow sense is illustrated by the hallucinatory immediacy in dreams while the broader sense is explained by reference to the phenomenon of repetition in transference. The first aspect should also be interpreted in a more radical Kantian sense and concerns the course of the unconscious activity itself, its absence of irreversibility. This is illustrated by processes as condensation and compromise- formation. The second aspect of the notion timelessness, the absence of the effects of the passage of time, calls for a subtle interpretation. It concerns both the archaic content and the archaic method of working of the Unconscious. It is applicable as well to the unfading hallucinatory vividness of unconscious memories as to the immediate presentation by less or more elaborated phantasies of their infantile core, a presentation that is lacking true integration. It manifests itself in the different steps of the history of illness in distinctive discernible ways. Conclusions are formulated in relation to Freud's total conceptualisation of timelessness, his visions on time implicit in this conceptualisation (chronological time, historical time), processes of temporalisation in therapy and last but not least the nature itself of the Unconscious. A deeper insight in this nature points to the idea of unassumed mediation typical for captivating images.

How to Cite: Noterdaeme, T., 1990. De Tijdeloosheid Van Het Onbewuste. Psychologica Belgica, 30(1-2), pp.137–166. DOI:
Published on 01 Jan 1990.
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