THE SECOND PILLAR: PSYCHIC DETERMINISM
Freud maintained that every person has what he call a "dynamic unconscious" that is responsible for every thought and action. In this unconscious part of our minds is stored our experiences, our perceptions, our instincts, our emotions, and our thoughts. It is always active and in control of our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. We aren't aware of it because we repress it.
Freud believed--without any proof whatsoever--that our unconscious can express itself in symbolic ways through dreams; so-called slips of the tongue; odd, unexplainable emotions; and 'unsatisfying relationships.' It takes a therapist with special training and knowledge to be able to decipher these symbolic expressions.
When a patient describes his or her conscious experiences, the typical psychotherapist will disregard the narration and concentrate on the supposed content of the patient's unconscious on the assumption that the 'deeper' meaning is more important than the patient's conscious experiences and impressions. People will remain in bondage to the traumatic experiences in their pasts without understanding how the unconscious reacts and controls their thoughts and behavior. According to this notion, the content of the unconscious is the most powerful influence over our daily lives.
Freud would no doubt have laughed at the idea, but he was unwittingly dabbling in the occult: the idea that the unconscious mind can not only be known but controlled. The ancient Gnostics, a false religious group that developed about the same time as Christianity, believed there is a body of knowledge into which a person must be initiated in order to move to higher levels of existence. The same basic idea can be found in Buddhism. There is something in man, something that is the result of our pride, that wants to possess knowledge other people don't possess. That allows a person to think he is somehow superior to his fellow men.
There is absolutely no scientifically verifiable proof for any of this. There are no experiments that have been done or indeed can be done that can prove the existence of this unconscious part of our minds. Scripture reveals it as the fantasy of Freud's mind. In 2 Corinthians 10:3-5, Paul wrote, "For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds, casting down imaginations (i.e., man's arguments) and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ." In order to serve Christ, we Christians have to learn to control our thoughts; in fact, we have been commanded to do so. The Lord would not tell us to do something were we incapable of doing it. We are to "let this mind be in [us] which was also in Christ Jesus." If I am unable to exercise control over my mind, then it is impossible for me to serve the Lord in the way He wants me to serve Him.