Psycho-Analysis, which is easier to understand than to spell, tells us what we really think when we think we think a thing. Without psycho-analysis, we should never know that when we think a thing, the thing we think is not the thing we think we think, but only the thing that makes us think we think the thing we think we think.
It is all a question of the Unconscious. The Unconscious enables us to think we are thinking about the thing we think we want to think about, while all the time the thing we really want to think about is being thought about unconsciously by the Unconscious.
The Unconscious is a survival from our barbaric ancestry and has no manners.
As the sort of thing the Uniconscious thinks about is not the sort of thing we care to think we think about, the Unconscious takes care not to let us think it is thinking about what it is thinking about. If we are in any danger of thinking we are thinking about what we are really thinking about, the thing we are thinking about is sublimated into something we don’t mind thinking we are thinking about.
Actually, the Unconscious is divided into two parts: the part that thinks the thing, and the part that prevents our thinking we are thinking the thing. This preventing of our thinking we are thinking the thing we do not care to think we are thinking is called Repression.
Repression is due to the Super-Ego, which is very genteel.
There is friction between the Super-Ego and the coarse part of the Unconscious, or the Id. The Id thinks a thing which the Super-Ego thinks it ought not to think, and the Super-Ego represses the thing which the Id thinks, so that we never think we think it. But unless the Id thinks we are thinking it, the Id becomes dissatisfied and causes trouble.
As, whatever the Id thinks, we can only think we are thinking the sort of thing the Super-Ego thinks we ought to think, we have to make the Id think we are thinking we are thinking the thing the Id thinks, by thinking we are thinking something that is something like the thing the Id is thinking. If we can fool the Id we are all right. If not, there is no thinking what we may be thinking.
It comes, then, to this: the things we think we think are the things that the Super-Ego thinks are the things to think, and that the Id thinks are the things it thinks.
I think that’s perfectly clear.