Sigmund’s Dreams

Ottobre 31, 2020

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Sigmund Freud classified dreams in three groups: understandable and meaningful dreams that fit in our psychic life, dreams that make sense but have a disconcerting effect because they have no sense in our psychic life and incomprehensible dreams, something such as David Lynch’s films.

 

Freud was not a visionary, he never felt any particular predilection for the career of a doctor, he was curious towards human concerns but he had no direction. He was “roaming around scientifically in vain” (*Mephistopheles) for a while until investigating the spinal cord of the lowest of fish. That gave him the kick!

 

Sigmund studied and researched his whole life for demonstrating that dreams are more than just a physiological process, with the final aim of curing people, but he didn’t think about the side effects: the birth of an aesthetic movement, the Surrealism! Artists of all kinds shamelessly used his theories for their purpose. While Sigmund never liked Surrealism (“perhaps I am not destined to understand it”) it seemed to him that he was chosen as the “patron saint” of the movement. Freud was interested how everyday life inspires our dreams but the artists did exactly the opposite: they experimented how dreams inspired their creativity (and, perhaps, how to amuse themselves later, when people tried to explain their works).

 

Poor Sigmund has hardly ever been aware of side effects, not even those of cocaine, albeit testing it on himself. How could he expect to fall victim to his own theories, once fallen into the wrong hands and used for Nazi-propaganda? Maybe he is one of the most esteemed and most criticized personalities of the twentieth century: at one hand there are those who show off having read some pages of his books and at the other hand those who blame him for some mistakes in his theories. But what do we actually know about His dreams?

 

It was pretty obvious for me to honour this man with some of my works, being Austrian like him and married with a psychologist, who knows strengths and weaknesses of Freud’s theories. So, if Sigmund Freud analysed many important clinical cases in life, now I just let him “Analight” this and that and maybe he will enlighten us about his dreams.

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