Reading Questions for Five Lectures on Psychoanalysis
- Freud says (p. 12) that "our hysterical patients suffer from reminiscences". What is the significance of this claim?
- What does Freud think the mind is like?
- What is "repression"?
- Freud's theory of the mind has sometimes been called a "hydraulic" theory. What could that mean?
- What is a symptom and why is it significant? (from both ch. 1 and 2)
- Why are jokes an example of distortion in everyday life?
- What does Freud think dreams are? How do dream life and normal life relate to each other?
- Why are "small faulty actions" significant?
- What does Freud mean when he says that infants have sexual inclinations? Why does this matter?
- What form does infantile sexuality take?
- What is a perversion, for Freud? How does it relate to a neurosis?
- How are Oedipus and Hamlet analogies of what Freud is trying to say in this chapter?
- What is transferrance and where does it come from?
- What is Freud's theory of the self?
- Is his theory of the self modern?
- Why does Freud think of himself as a scientist?
- How might Freud's scientific account be similar to Darwin's? To Marx's? How is it different?
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