Can you talk more about the relationship between the conscious and the unconscious mind? It seems that the brain has the capacity to store an experience, say, in a memory bank. Now if that memory ends up in the unconscious, what happens? Is it that the conscious mind represses it and tabs it “censored”? Or does the unconscious do the censoring? But does the unconscious have any investment in repression? And if not, is it the conscious that is continuously providing the energy to keep this material censored? And if so, is there a key to the unconscious within the conscious? Is this the need to go to the superconscious before gaining access to the unconscious?
The conscious mind represses memory contents into the unconscious. The unconscious mind has no interest as far as repression is concerned; in fact it wants to express everything so that it can be unburdened. The whole investment comes from the conscious mind because the conscious mind is in contact with the society, with education, with religion.
It is the conscious mind which learns what is right and what is wrong. The right has to be kept in the conscious and the wrong has to be thrown into the basement, underneath in the darkness of the unconscious. The conscious mind uses the unconscious mind only as a basement, and because it is dark, once things are repressed there, slowly the conscious mind tends to forget them. As time passes, the conscious mind can become completely certain that it has never repressed anything.
There is no way for the unconscious to release any of its repressed memory contents directly. It is closed. The only way is to bring them back to the conscious mind. But if the conscious mind remains of the same opinion as before – even through psychoanalysis you can fetch a few unconscious repressions and bring them back to the conscious mind – it is not going to help much because the mind still remains with the same idea of what is wrong and what is right.
So for the moment, it may recognize what is wrong and may not repress it under the influence of the psychoanalyst, but this influence is not as deep as the social conditioning. Tomorrow or the day after tomorrow the same repression will again happen. That’s why no psychoanalysis is ever completed. It cannot be completed. You can bring something out today; tomorrow the mind goes on functioning again in the old way.
Psychoanalysis does not change the conscious mind. And if the conscious mind keeps the same opinion, it does not matter if you take out some content. It is released; but life brings so much every day, and the mind will again function in the old way – repress that which is bad.
The psychoanalyst says that there is nothing wrong with sex. Under his influence, and under the necessity of being cured of some neurosis, the person is willing to release it, but this release is not going to become such a strong force in him that he will not repress sexuality again. Tomorrow he will repress it again, and tomorrow psychoanalysis will be needed again. And this is an unending process.