What Causes Feelings of the Uncanny?



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What Causes Feelings of the Uncanny?

Sigmund Freuds the uncanny is defined as the “unknown”, but there are various meanings and feelings that are associated to the unknown. The formal definition of the uncanny is strnage and mysterious especially in an unsetting way and can be associated with words such as eerie, ghostly and weird. The unknown is often associated with fear or a feeling of anxiety, but the unknown can also be related to a feeling of mystery. Sigmund Freud defines the subject of the uncanny as “The subject of the “uncanny” is a province of this kind. It undoubtedly belongs to all that is terrible—to all that arouses dread and creeping horror; it is equally certain, too, that the word is [“ is missing here] not always used in a clearly definable sense, so that it tends to coincide with whatever excites dread”. Through having feelings related to the uncannty such as dread and fear, one can question the situation causes feelings of the uncanny. Although the uncanny is often associated with what is dreadful and strange, can it also relate to feelings of positive nature. ? Although the feelings of the uncanny are associated with dread and fear, one can question what kind of situations can cause these feelings.

Though the uncanny is connected to feelings of negativity and unsettling, the uncanny can also relate to feelings of anxiety. Freud states that the definition of the uncanny is “not always used in a clearly definable sense, so it tends to coincide with whatever excites dread”. The uncanny often leads to question what causes this feeling. Although it is associated with the unknown, it is not associated with the feeling of surprise and suspense in a positive manner rather it is associated with that of fear and feelings of distress. Because the uncanny is not a clearly definable word, it can be associated with feelings of anxiety. For example, someone who is walking alone and does not know where they are can tend to have an uncanny feeling of unsettleness and anxiety. Freud uses a similar example stating “The better orientated in his environment a person is, the less readily will he get the impression of something uncanny in regard to the objects and events in it”. By one having being somewhere they are not farmilar with or speaking to someone they are less farmilar with, they are more likely to have feelings related to the uncanny. The uncanny not only relates to feelings of dread and fear, but can be relatable to any scenario one is less used to. Not only can it be associated with what someone is experiencing physically, but it can be associated with what is someone is experiencing alone mentally. Someone suffering from mental illness such as Obsessive compulsive disorder or schizophrenia, what the person is feeling as a result of these disorders can lead to feelings of the uncanny. Feelings of the unknown can often be associated with fear and anxiety, it can not only affect someone mentally, but also physically.

Though the uncanny is often associated with the unknown with mysterious and unsettling feelings, the question arises of what causes one to experience feelings of the uncanny. The feelings of the uncanny are often related to negative feelings such as fear and anxiety. Freud states that the definition of the uncanny is not always used in a clearly definable sense. When one experiences something that is unfamiliar to them or the presence of someone they are not comfortable with this can cause feelings of anxiety and unsettling feelings associlated with the uncanny. An example that is used by whom? is a woman walking in a dark place by herself and what is in the darkness causes feelings of the uncanny. Freud uses various examples that relate to the uncanny, relating it to psychosis and specific scenarios. Freud states that “Yet we may expect that it implies some intrinsic quality which justifies the use of a special name. One is curious to know what this peculiar quality is which allows us to distinguish as “uncanny” certain things within the boundaries of what is “fearful.” His statement about the uncanny is related to what is fearful and the feeling of dread one feels as a result of the uncanny.


Dear _________

Since you did not sign-up for a conference, I am returning this paper to you by email. I have noted the typos and grammatical errors in green. I have also highlighted in blue two sentences that are virtually identical and ungrammatical sentence constructions. I am very sorry to say that this paper is not of passing quality. In addition to the errors and the repetitiveness, your paper is marred by the lack of a thesis. You rely very heavily on the word “can,” a word that has no meaning or force in your essay since anything “can” be done with anything. You simply did not follow directions. You were supposed to write on a passage in a text or scene in a film. Your title indicates that your topic is the uncanny in general, not Freud’s essay on it.

Grade on this paper: D

RB

Btw, your phrase



“Sigmund Freuds the uncanny is defined as the “unknown””

contradicts your phrase



not always used in a clearly definable sense, so that it tends to coincide with whatever excites dread”.

which you repeat



Freud states that the definition of the uncanny is “not always used in a clearly definable sense,


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