reconciling psychoanalysis with the laws of attraction

The mornings when I wake up on Wickenden Street, I need to struggle more deliberately with accomplishing a better feeling or a better thought.  The solitude is both comforting and lonely at the same time.  The silence in the morning is always welcomed, but here it seems like it is mandated by the situation and I have always found myself in conflict with whatever I perceive to be a mandate.

But, that is for another story.  Today I am wanting to keep this writing very short.  Short enough to perhaps attract a few new readers.

Can the Laws of Attraction be reconciled with psychoanalytic drive theory?  I want to argue that yes they can reconcile.  Drive is almost synonymous with desire and desire is the centerpiece of the Law of Attraction.  Drive establishes our energy toward vitality.  The opposite of drive, still can be stated in the positive–the desire for death.  As Life and Death issues compel us to wrestle with how to get what we want and need for our time on the planet, we become either cynical and disbelieving, or we become spiritual and hopeful that our efforts–that is our positive energy will flow in the direction of what we want if we allow ourselves to want something.

Through the tenants of the law of attraction have no specific scientific backing, neither did the theories of Sigmund Freud at the turn of the last century.  In time neuro-science caught up with the metaphors and analogies that Freud composed as he studied how people used their own minds, their own psyches.

Drive theory the fundamental essence of classical psychoanalysis gives us the picture of conflict as happening within the mind and the results of that internal conflict become alive in reality as we manifest outward what form the conflict is taking within.  The Laws of Attraction take the positive wishes in our minds and asks of us that we focus on what we want as a way to have our minds manifest for us — in reality, what ever it is we are wanting.  The establishment of ourselves in the world can be positive or negative depending on the perspective that we manifest.  What a lovely sunny morning and it is so damn cold have equal reality.

A belief in our abilities to get what we want from the Universe, is the necessary first step to eliminate the conflict within–ambivalence.  Ambivalence stands in the way of our being able to “shoot-out” our positive desires into the world that we live.  Manifesting desire is the aim of our biology as well as the aim of our psychology and may be the aim or our physics as well.

Aiming for what we want begins with an internal belief that we can have what we want.  It begins with a faith in our selves as resourceful.  The energy that we experience as wanting is the life drive and the very vitality of our being.  We are vibrational creatures.  What we are is as much the matter of the universe as it is the matter of  the stars, the moons, the suns and the ground we walk on.

As matter we vibrate with an energy that moves either toward or away from something.  Training our selves to aim toward joys, and gratitudes and delightful consequences is a necessary step in our evolution.  Our own particular evolution and the spiritual evolution of man as a species are one common matter.  We either add to that matter or subtract from it depending on how we use our motives.

The laws of attraction are simply a newer way for we humans to talk about our drives and how we manifest who we are in the world while we are here as part of it.



4 comments on “reconciling psychoanalysis with the laws of attraction

  1. aldussault says:

    did you mean to write to me–i got a message from this address with no content

  2. .Nicki says:

    You have made analogies between psychoanalytic drives and the laws of attraction that seem very logical. The two seem to run parallel to one another in life. The comparisons you make are well thought out and very deep…. I agree with you that the the laws of attraction are a newer way of talking about our drives. As I was reading and re-reading your essay I thought of the many neonates I cared for over the 8 years I worked as a nurse in NICU (neonatal intensive care unit back in the late 70’s and 80’s.
    You said, “Aiming for what we want begins with an internal belief that we can have what we want. It begins with a faith in our selves as resourceful. The energy that we experience as wanting is the life drive and the very vitality of our being…..”. Although neonates do not have language; some a strong cry and some very weak; each neonate had a life drive….some very strong, and I would say that “this baby is a survivor”. Other neonates did not have a strong life drive and would often loose their battle to survive. So, is our life drive innate?? I have often contemplated my observations. Neonates know their mother and father’s voices and despite very poor vision at birth can recognize his/her parent’s by their voice. Has his/her life drive been influenced by their parents or is it innate at the very level of one’s soul?? I don’t believe anyone has done a study on this but we do know through studies that with a quiet environment void of buzzing monitors and bright lights and time for the neonate to rest on the mother’s breast shielded from the immediate environment that the neonate thrives and has less learning disabilities than the neonate that is exposed to light and buzzing monitors 24 hours a day…… The research has dictated how we care for neonates. Now each neonate has a private room where he/she can grow with the solitude you spoke of that is both soothing and lonely at the same time. Without the human touch of Mom, Dad and the caring nurses the neonates would not thrive wit just solitude, thus, the loneliness of the solitude. Thank you for sharing your wonderful essays…….they provoke much thought and reflection. Nicki

    • aldussault says:

      Wow! i am honored to get such a thoughtful response…you bring up a fascinating point about the innateness of drive and what conditions have us thriving or failing.
      I think that we can each other drives and each others drive force. Certainly we can change drive or drive might change over time–depression and old age can both bring about a new level of drive that is significantly lower than what it might have been….thanks for writing

  3. .Nicki says:

    I am glad that you enjoyed my response. I have been hesitant to respond to your blogs since I don’t feel I have the analytic background, however, I am very glad I did so tonight.


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