Self-Study Writing Assignment 1:
This assignment invites you to deepen your understanding of Freud’s approach to dreams by examining a dream of your own. In the process you will engage in both the unstructured process of free association (primary process) and the structured process of analysis (secondary process).
under the following headings: I. The Dream, II. Free
Associations, III. The Dream Work.
1. The Dream: Describe the dream (the manifest
2. Free Associations: Allow yourself some space and
time to free associate to several of the elements of your dream. Give an account of what emerges in the
process. Don’t try to tie them together
or make sense of them yet.
Suggestion: The only rule here, of course, is that you acknowledge and write down virtually anything that comes to mind in associating to the dream elements. As in Freud’s own illustration, these will not simply be one-word associations, but ideas, images, memories, emotions – whatever comes to mind.
3. The Dream Work: Write on the following question: What are the underlying thoughts and emotions expressed by the dream and how is this accomplished?
· Be aware of common themes and/or elements that emerge from the dram and the associations
· Identify the “dream work” explicitly -- i.e., the process(es) by which the latent content was transformed into the manifest content. Use the notions of dream displacement, condensation, and overdetermination.
latent content within your life more broadly -- i.e., with respect to themes,
need not go beyond your comfort zone in this section; but in any case, you can
be sure that I will treat your essays as entirely confidential. I will be the only one to read your exercise.
Minimum length = three pages
Section III should be at least a page.
Please submit your dream paper to me via google docs