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InForm 009 - Repetition Compulsions

On today's episode of Inform: Podcast I recap the ideas that...

  1. Repression causes neurosis, not the other way around.
  2. The idea that what is repressed is not destroyed, rather it is exiled to the unconscious.
  3. When an idea (fantasy, desire, memory, or whatever) that has been exiled to the unconscious sends "coded messages".

In today's episode, I want to suggest that one of the types of coded messages that can be sent are repetition compulsions. I try to give a few examples of repetition compulsions, and I try to establish that these patterns have the power to signal us to the presence of something that has been repressed. I also try to suggest that if someone (ourselves or someone else) detects a pattern in the way we live that could be a repetition compulsion, that it would be a good idea to pay attention to it!