Freud’s Dream of Interpretation by Ken Frieden

By Ken Frieden

Frieden explores tools of dream interpretation within the Bible, the Talmud, and within the writings of Sigmund Freud, and brings to mild Freud’s stricken dating to his Judaic forerunners. This ebook unearths unexpected institutions in highbrow background and demanding situations got principles in biblical, Talmudic, and Freudian scholarship. Freud distanced himself from dream interpreters akin to Joseph and Daniel through rejecting their intuitive equipment and their claims to foretell the long run. whereas biblical and Talmudic dream interpretation ordinarily contain prophecy, Freud sought to restrict himself to the selection of earlier explanations within the dreamer’s existence. however, Frieden demonstrates that Freud’s thoughts of interpretation, and particularly his use of "free association," necessarily consultant the dreamer towards a destiny. This resonance among historic prophecy and glossy psychology is simply one instance of the hid courting among Judaic and psychoanalytic dream interpretation. Frieden exhibits the position either one of genuine affects and impacts denied by means of Freud.

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A dream text is a tale told by a dreamer, full of equivocations, signifying everything and nothing. Dreams veer away from reality, and the lost dreamer seeks a guide to a more certain world. But the interpretation of a dream is always subject to revision. One pragmatic thesis of this book is that no interpretation is intrinsically true, because a present truth depends upon the future reality that confirms, alters, or gives meaning to the interpretive act. Meaning does not stand waiting to be uncovered behind a dream or text, but evolves in front of it, actualized by readers and interpreters who produce new possibilities.

Strümpell, Die Natur und Entstehung der Träume (Leipzig: Veit, 1874), p. 84. Compare Td 100, 141, 230/ID 110, 155, 256 and UTT 12/OD 14. Page 17 hidden gorge. After Freud arrives at the summit of his metaphorical hill, he examines the distortions of the dream work as he retraces his steps through the tunnel of dreams. This image expresses his general notion of dream interpretation: "In waking interpretation, we follow a path that leads from dream elements back to the dream thoughts" (Td 509/ID 571).

Freud quickly dismisses all prescientific conceptions of dreams, describing them as superstitious projections (Td 32/ID 38). He subsequently turns to nineteenth-century, scientific theories, and rejects them from the outset with the comment that "no foundation has been laid" on which later researchers might build. In short, Freud appears completely at odds with his forerunners. The second chapter of The Interpretation of Dreams, however, shows Freud to be significantly closer to some of his precursors.

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