Suppressed sexual feelings and schizophrenia (Psychosexual Analysis Part II)

The relationship between one's psyche and his/her sexual desires has been discussed in depth in the previous article. Since there is an intrinsic relationship between psychology and sexuality, the dreams that we see may symbolize some of the hidden sexual feelings in our mind. Here are some of the common symbols that represent the sexual feelings of a person.


Anything that is longer than its diameter (Eg. Hills, Pen, Bottles, etc.) : These objects in a person's dream symbolize the male sexual organ and a craving for the physical activity. 


Anything that is concave in shape (Eg. Ponds, Pots, Pits, etc.): These objects in a person's dream symbolize the female sexual organ and a craving for physical intimacy.

Any moving activity (Eg. Flying, swimming, riding etc): These actions symbolize the sexual activity and the dreamer's suppressed craving for the sexual satisfaction.

Any slimy creatures (Eg. Earthworms, worms, snakes, etc.) : These symbolize the male semen and the dreamer's craving for utmost sexual pleasure.


Psychological studies have proved that at a certain stage these suppressed sexual cravings may try to find an outlet at a level beyond dreamy gratification. Here comes the relationship between psychosexual analysis and schizophrenia.


A person experiencing schizophrenia is typically characterized as demonstrating disorganized thinking, and as experiencing delusions or hallucinations. Schizophrenia is most commonly diagnosed during late adolescence or early adulthood suggesting that it is often the end process of childhood and adolescent development. Poor peer engagement and immaturity or unpopularity may lead to schizophrenia at this stage. The fear of societal external attribution that they are doing something wrong and unaccepted by the society will also lead to schizophrenia.

The relationship between schizophrenia and suppressed sexual feelings will be more explicit if; we analyze Freud's expositions. The fear of societal external attributions is the result of Super-ego imposing cultural regulations (sexual constraints) to the psyche. Id, the unconscious part of the psyche is based on pleasure principle (sexual drive) and more prominent during the adolescent period. When ego meditates (sexual analysis) successfully between super-ego and id the sexual desires get gratified through dreams. On the other hand when ego fails at a certain moment the other two drives overpower the psyche simultaneously and result in schizophrenia.


Schizophrenia is thus a direct result of sexual as well as psychological oppressions. A thorough analysis of the causes of schizophrenia may unearth the unfulfilled sexual desires of the patient. Here Freud's exposition gets more asserted that all human activities are based on the sexual desires of the person.

Story first published: Wednesday, February 14, 2007, 12:24 [IST]

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