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Det omedvetna – en dröm om det äkta
Uppsala University, Humanistisk-samhällsvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
2003 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)Alternative title
The Unconscious – A Dream of the Genuine (English)
Abstract [en]

This dissertation discusses distinctions like experience/reality and inner/outer from psychoanalytic, phenomenological and social psychological perspectives. Criticism is raised against the strong dualist tendency of Sigmund Freuds thinking, his general view of the unconscious as the true psychic reality, “external” to the dream experience, as well as his idea that interpretation will bridge the cleavage between images and their “genuine” unconscious meaning.

Freud´s view is contrasted with that of the Swiss psychoanalyst and phenomenologist Medard Boss. Inspired by Heidegger´s notion of “Dasein”, Boss sees man as always being “There in the world”, man and world constituting a togetherness. This perspective is in turn related to certain views of social psychology, that of G. H. Mead and particularly one of his Swedish interpreters, Johan Asplund. Asplund´s view of consciousness, feelings and the I as aspects of interaction, rather than objects inside a psyche separate from the world, is akin to the perspective of Boss.

Applying the views to samples of dream analysis, it is found that Freud disregards context when his theory of the hidden unconscious so demands, while Boss is more open to context. Boss finds similarities between dream and waking life, while Freud assumes basic dissimilarities between the dream and the true meaning of the dream. Freud tends to “produce” circularly the findings theoretically assumed, while Boss´ approach is open to the unexpected. After an amplification of the different views to the concept of projection their differences and implications are summarized.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Eslöv: xSymposion , 2003. , 260 p.
Keyword [en]
Sociology, psychoanalysis, phenomenology, social psychology, experience, reality, the unconscious, dream interpretation, projection, dualism, Dasein
Keyword [sv]
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-3430ISBN: 91-7139-591-1OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-3430DiVA: diva2:162774
Public defence
2003-05-26, IV, Universitetshuset, Uppsala, 10:15
Available from: 2003-04-29 Created: 2003-04-29Bibliographically approved

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