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So I am having trouble understanding how repetition compulsion works with the unconscious.

From all my reading online and from my textbook there is nothing (or at least nothing I have found) on how it plays with the unconscious. To my understanding, it is just an unconscious urge.

Can anyone explain it to me or even just give me a link to a source where it is explained? I can't find one. Thank you for any help.

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  • $\begingroup$ Welcome. What do you mean with the unconscious? Heaving dealt with this compulsion myself, I know it is definitely a conscious compulsion, at least in my case. $\endgroup$ – AliceD Sep 16 '18 at 6:32
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    $\begingroup$ A welcome from me too. To add to @AliceD’s comment, it is advisable to be clear what you are talking about when talking about the unconscious vs subconscious vs preconscious. Maybe a web link or 2 may help clarify this too. $\endgroup$ – Chris Rogers Sep 16 '18 at 10:37
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    $\begingroup$ Have you looked at en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Repetition_compulsion? The psychoanalytic perspective seems to be only one expounded at length in that article, so hard to miss... $\endgroup$ – Fizz Sep 16 '18 at 11:58

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