Psychology of Dreams: Freud

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Now we head into less scientific waters, though Freud would not have seen it that way: modern theories of dream interpretation. And we begin with Freud, the father of modern psychology, because in 1899 when he published The Interpretation of Dreams, he initiated a shock wave that would change the western world's understanding not just of dreams, but also of the human psyche.

 

Podcast Lecture: The Somniloquy

 

Readings:

Freud, The Interpretation of Dreams: Ch. 1, focus on sections A-D

 

Questions:

1. What does Freud declare that his study of dreams will do?

2. What distinction does Freud draw between sleep and dream?

3. How does Hildebrant characterize the relationship between dream and waking life?

4. What are the four kinds of dream sources? Which source does Freud privilege?

 

Activities:

Film Study--the Dali Dream Sequence in "Spellbound": Obtain a copy of Alfred Hitchcock's "Spellbound" (1945) and watch the Salvador-Dali-designed dream sequence. You don't need to have watched the whole film to grasp what is going on here, but I recommend the film in its entirety. At the very least start with the scene where Dr. Brulov wakes up John Ballantine on the couch and then watch through the narration of the dream. Then think about these questions:

-- How does the film sequence try to approximate the experience of a dream?

-- What popular notions of Freud are referenced in the clip?