Freud I: Early Theories of Neurosis, Dreams, and the Topographic Theory
David Pollens, Ph.D.
Sabina Preter, M.D., Ph.D.
September 11, 2017 - January 8, 2018
7:00 - 8:25 PM
This is the first course in a sequence that deals with the historical development of Freud's thought. We will examine the evolution of Freud's initial thinking about etiology and symptom formation as presented in Studies on Hysteria and his early papers on the neuroses. We will then proceed to study the development of the topographical theory through a close reading of The Interpretation of Dreams. The course will focus on Freud's introduction and early conceptualization of basic psychoanalytic concepts up through 1900, including repression, conflict, compromise formation, regression, cathexis, the unpleasure principle, the primary and secondary processes, etc.
No class held 10/9, 12/25/2017; 1/1/2018
Readings are posted.
After attending this course, students will be able to:
1) Describe the psychological processes involved in the development of hysterical and obsessional symptoms.
2) Describe the role of the unconscious in psychological conflict as presented in Freud's topographical theory.
3) Describe the formation of dreams as explained by Freud in The Interpretation of Dreams.
Each student's participation in class discussion and his or her demonstration of understanding of the course objectives and reading material is assessed in a written evaluation by the instructor(s).