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UPCOMING SEMINARS

Dreams: An introduction to the perpetual writing of the unconscious

Monthly, January to April, 4th Fridays, 9-11am Pacific Standard time

In this seminar we invite you to consider dream theory as the navel of psychoanalytic work. As Freud remarks, dream elements are “ungenuine things, substitutes for something else that is unknown to the dreamer, substitutes for something the knowledge of which is present in the dreamer but which is inaccessible to him.” (Freud, Introductory Lectures, Pg 113). Dreams could be thought of as little satchels of material produced for the analyst. They are marvelous snippets of utterly unconscious material that can fuel analytic work in a way very little else can. 

 

Dreams embody the perpetual writing of the unconscious on the drives of the body, the Real of language, and the transformation of symptoms.  Readings will introduce you to the central importance of work with dreams in the Lacanian clinic. We will begin by reading Freud’s theory of dreams and their interpretation and follow with Lacan's linguistic elaborations. Seminar participants will be encouraged to elaborate their understandings of condensation, displacement, repetition, and transference through creative writing exercises in between and during each seminar meeting. The seminar aims to increase your confidence in working with dreams and their relation to desire and drive.  

Dreams: An introduction to the perpetual writing of the unconscious

Monthly, January to April, 4th Fridays, 9-11am Pacific Standard time

In this seminar we invite you to consider dream theory as the navel of psychoanalytic work. As Freud remarks, dream elements are “ungenuine things, substitutes for something else that is unknown to the dreamer, substitutes for something the knowledge of which is present in the dreamer but which is inaccessible to him.” (Freud, Introductory Lectures, Pg 113). Dreams could be thought of as little satchels of material produced for the analyst. They are marvelous snippets of utterly unconscious material that can fuel analytic work in a way very little else can. 

 

Dreams embody the perpetual writing of the unconscious on the drives of the body, the Real of language, and the transformation of symptoms.  Readings will introduce you to the central importance of work with dreams in the Lacanian clinic. We will begin by reading Freud’s theory of dreams and their interpretation and follow with Lacan's linguistic elaborations. Seminar participants will be encouraged to elaborate their understandings of condensation, displacement, repetition, and transference through creative writing exercises in between and during each seminar meeting. The seminar aims to increase your confidence in working with dreams and their relation to desire and drive.