This is a companion book that helps with difficulties understanding Sigmund Freud's The Interpretation of Dreams.
- Book Intro
Sigmund Freud's The Interpretation of Dreams is the centerpiece of psychoanalysis, a book that proposed new perspectives and methods for seeing human life and culture as a whole. It shifted the paradigm of knowledge in the 20th century and influenced not only psychiatry and psychology but philosophy, sociology, education, religion, and cultural theory. Although the book is an essential classic, it's certainly not easy to read. Moreover, Freud's emphasis on sexual desire and certain widespread prejudices, misunderstandings, and criticisms making reading it an even more difficult task. This is a companion book that helps with difficulties understanding Sigmund Freud's The Interpretation of Dreams.
Part One of of this book provides an overview of Sigmund Freud and psychoanalysis. The reader can follow this map to approach the core of The Interpretation of Dreams. The second and third parts reorganizes the contents of The Interpretation of Dreams for easy comprehension. Part Two thoughtfully explains the theoretical aspects, and Part Three explores examples of dream analysis introduced in The Interpretation of Dreams. The book is effectively arranged so that readers can first learn the theories and familiarize themselves with dream analysis. Finally, Part Four explains methods for analyzing works of literature and art for application in dream analysis and psychoanalysis.
In The Interpretation of Dreams, Freud presents several examples of dream analysis. There are many examples of his own dreams as well as those of his patients. Because they are case examples of other cultures, however, Korean readers may face difficulty in relating to the dreams. To alleviate this, this book presents examples of dreams that are more familiar to Koreans. For example, this book explores dreams of feces and teeth falling out. It also examines the origins of such dreams and how they can be analyzed. These examples, not found in the original The Interpretation of Dreams book or Freud's teachings, are a testament to the author's dream analysis capabilities and a compelling reason to pick up this book.
- About the Author
Kim Seoyoung graduated from Ewha Womans University with a degree in Science Education. Kim received an MA and PhD in Psychoanalysis from the Psychotherapy Research Institute in department of Psychiatry at the University of Sheffield. Currently, Kim is a professor at the College of Liberal Arts in Kwangwoon University. Books written by Kim Seoyoung include Psychoanalysis Learning Through Movies, Patients of Freud, and My Unconscious Room.
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