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Freud in the Trash

By Pete Macinta

It was the last few days of school when I happened to be in one of our local public schools that something in a trash caught my eye. It was a crumpled up piece of lined paper. Since that was just one of the very few things in the can, and there seemed to be nothing soiled, I picked it out.

Unraveling it I saw it was a simple outline of notes on Sigmund Freud and the topic being infantile sexuality. For those that need some background on this please see

As I looked at the information provided in the above link and its surrounding components, I could honestly say those theories do not describe my experience, nor that of my sons and most people I know.

Thinking about the first stage of development mentioned, the oral stage, I've always considered the need for an infant to nurse as an instinctive act of survival and nothing else.

For the second stage, which I am not going to type since these GemLights are fed to various sources whose recipients might find the word offensive (and I do not find it too pleasing to chat about), my "release of energy" was to explore the world around me and play, but not was suggested by Freud.

I'll stop there and simply say one word comes to my mind when I read those theories: foolishness. 1 Corinthians 3:19 states, "For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness."

The Word of God has numerous things to say about the human mind and one place you might wish to review is Romans 8:1-9. Observing that passage should clear up numerous psychological problems.

In fact, I strongly encourage you to do your own Bible study on the human mind by using a tool like a chain reference or topical Bible.

As always, the main cure is Jesus Christ.

And before anyone thinks I'm too hasty in my evaluation of Freud, I will be glad to tell you that my four years of study at Northeast Bible Institute in Green Lane, Pennsylvania, included two courses in psychology. Psychology back then was looking for answers and it is still seeking answers today.

However, I find it a great comfort to know that God has given us His Answer for all our needs, including mental ones--Jesus Christ.

I also had comfort in knowing that a student had enough sense to put those notes where they belonged--into the trash. That is where I left them too, as I walked away with my own healed mind and a portion of my psychology book in my shirt pocket--the New Testament.

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