Approaching psychoanalysis : an introductory course by Smith, David Livingstone; Freud, Sigmund

By Smith, David Livingstone; Freud, Sigmund

A accomplished basic introductory account of Freudian conception and different significant currents in psychoanalytic notion. additionally it is biographical fabric at the significant theorists. It is helping to resolve many misconceptions approximately psychoanalytic conception and may be priceless for college kids and execs alike. 248 pages.

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Ronald Reagan reminded me of my father (the two had certain characteristics in common). Taken as a symbol, a president may represent a father. Similarly, the desk had been given to me by my father. It was clear that the latent (unconscious) content of the dream had something to do with my father, and that this had something to do with my fears of failure and humiliation. FREUD’S T O P O G R A P H I C A L M O D E L 49 If we understand Reagan as a father-figure in the dream, I had managed to replace my father with myself.

I was therefore facing the prospect of being humiliated and rejected. The theme of the day-residue-linked memory was that Reagan was bound to win. In representing myself as Reagan, then, I could be regarded as transforming this upsetting situation into one in which I was certain to defeat my rival and get the job. So, in spite of surface appearances, my dream of being Reagan was the fulfilment of a preconscious wish for promotion. I had magically solved my dilemma! I next associated to the desk.

The work performed by the mind to create a dream). The unconscious wish is the "latent content" of the dream. This is transformed by the creative magic of the dream work to produce the "manifest content"-that is, the dream itself. The dream work consists of five processes: displacement, condensation, considerations of representability, symbolization, and secondary revision. Displacement disguises the raw latent content by altering the emphasis of the dream. A highly significant image may, for example, be relegated to a trivial position.

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