October 13, 2006
Grant's Quote Commentary on Dora
"A periodically recurrent dream was by its very nature particularly well calculated to arouse my curiosity; and in any case it was justifiable in the interests of the treatment to consider the way in which the dream worked into the analysis as a whole. I therefore determined to make an especially careful investigation of it" (Freud 56).
In the passage, Freud details the method in which he examines Dora's dream. Freud goes on to mention the fact that he interprets the dream given his already forming hypothesis about what is ailing Dora. This, once again, is Freud letting his hubris take over. Instead of taking the dream at face value (whether he examined its latent content or not), Freud melds his interpretation of the dream into what he already believes of Dora. Whether or not this discredits Freud's methods, I feel this passage says something more about Freud than Dora. Freud always reiterating his genius was almost necessary at the time of his publishing. He was insecure because he was just one psychoanalyst trying to convert an entire discipline to radically change their core beliefs. It's easy to understand why Freud was so boisterous. The interesting thing about this text is that it's a case study about a person that, at times, can say more about the practitioner than the patient.
Posted by glittler at October 13, 2006 01:57 PM
Notice also that the phrase that the dream was "well calculated to arouse my curiosity" is very interesting. It's almost as if the dream exists to be a vehicle for Freud's ideas. "Well calculated..." -- as if nature itself is calculating in favor of Freud! Talk about hubris!
Posted by: bhattach at October 14, 2006 02:06 AM
I think that one must also consider "well calculated to arouse my curiosity" in the sense that we can almost be sure that Dora told Freud about much more than he publishes in his book. For this reason, we must acknowledge that Freud only serves particular attention to those details which serve his purposes or further support his claims. The recurrent dream plays into his mind set and he is free to interpret it as he pleases. This fact alone could have major remifications on critiques of his work if considered.
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