I agree that Freud's ideas are unprovable, and at times questionable and flawed. However, something which cannot be proven cannot also be proven, and I was rather using Freud's ideas to provide a point of view from from a certain school of thought. (And yes, I do like the idea of id, ego and superego as well. Perhaps we may find a way to discuss it later.
I would like to disagree with your perception of superego however, in that you can count it as a domestication, and therefore not a part of individual thought. I rather see it as the shaping of human thought, through networks of ideas and thoughts which has been introduced to one's mind, and therefore, a part of individual thought. I believe that this 'domestication' is what ones mind perceives as what is acceptable to society, and therefore forms a large part of the decision making progress and human psyche, and therefore individual thought. Feel free to discuss this further, as your ideas are interesting and perceptive. After all, it is philosophy. These ideas are meant to be discussed.
I tend to follow the theory of operant conditioning. I am philosophically determinism-oriented and I think that domestication works on the reinforcement of fear of repercussions and hope of reward. Your point concerning domestication and Freud's "super-ego" certainly makes sense to me. I would consider it to be the part of human thought processes which is conditioned to, and inevitably accepts, ideals of 'correct' and 'incorrect' behavior in proportion to the expectations of others and the subsequent repercussions to the self.
Could you explain your profile picture? Been wondering about it for some time.
Its a picture of me taken by friends about fifteen years ago. I think that one of two women put flowers on my eyes and one in my mouth and used my camera to make the image. It was taken in my 'best' friends van outside of a building used for NA meetings. Strange times.
Edited by motherengine, 21 July 2015 - 10:17 AM.