By J. Allan Hobson
Humans have consistently been intrigued through the contents of desires, looking to interpret their which means as both divine messages or the coded communiques of repressed wants, a l. a. Freud, yet what concerning the formal gains of goals, asks Harvard psychiatry professor and sleep professional Hobson. desires have particular perceptual, cognitive, and emotional traits that set them except waking consciousness--loss of understanding of self, lack of orientation, lack of directed proposal, aid in logical reasoning, and negative memory--that correspond, because it seems, to precise modes of mind task. As Hobson meticulously suits dream beneficial properties to mind chemistry, he cajoles readers into changing mystical interpretations with an realizing of the facts indicating that our worthy goals are the result of the brain's regimen processing of an overpowering quantity of reminiscence. at the start this attitude could seem reductively mechanical, yet Hobson, who fees widely from his personal 116-volume dream magazine, doesn't deny that desires supply clues to the psyche, and the complicated workings of the mind are every piece as entrancing because the so much magnificent of desires. - Donna Seaman
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Presented. N o t e v e r y o n e , even today, wants to make mental activity physical. Too many cultural and private b e l i e f systems are threatened by the idea that consciousness in dreaming, as in waking, is a brain function. T h e i m m o r t a l i t y of the soul is a p r i m e e x a m p l e . If the brain dies, d o e s n ' t the mind die with it? O n e idea that the biological revolution in dream science forces us to take seriously is that, although it constitutes an undeniably interesting and informative state of altered consciousness, dreaming has no particular function in and of itself.
S o , j u s t as Freud, the atheist, was d o o m e d by his authoritarian speculations to create a new religion of which he was the highest of priests, so he was destined to suggest certain associations for the dream c o n t e n t of his clients, even as he tried desperately to distance himself from hypnosis and the criticism of suggestibility. This was particularly true of his work with hysterical patients, whose highly hypnotizable nature he recognized. And he k n e w from his e x p e r i e n c e at the Salpetriere Hospital in Paris in 1 8 8 5 , that the neurologists Pierre Janet and J e a n - M a r t i n C h a r c o t w e r e able to get whatever result they wanted from their hysterical patients, especially in the theatrical c o n t e x t o f medical teaching amphitheatres.
H o w could the car do Why did the analysis of dream content fail to b e c o m e a science? what it appeared to do and without disrupting the ground? 'Seeing is believing' is o n e answer. My R e d Car dream reveals another kind of a s s o c i a t i o n — one marked by a high degree of e m o t i o n a l salience. My son, Ian, was badly injured in an automobile accident and o n e of his legs was threatened and saved. So it is natural for my m e m o r y of associations—associative m e m o r y — t o link the red car crash to my son, Ian.