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The forgotten language; an introduction to…

The forgotten language; an introduction to the understanding of dreams,… (1951)

by Erich Fromm

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Better than the fact that Fromm appears mostly to be read by those who read to believe what they read. Whether dreams have meaning is arguable; the symbols in them would be the locus of the meaning, though their meanings wouldn't necessarily be objective and universal: they are personal.

Freud was human and imperfect, but was not wrong in everything. In fact, Fromm was a "Marxist-Freudian," so didn't entirely dismiss him.
  JNagarya | Oct 4, 2013 |
Some baku basics ( you could skip part seven ) ( )
  BakuDreamer | Sep 7, 2013 |
His discussion of matriarchal vs. patriarchal societies in Oresteia and the Oedipus trilogies is worth the price of admission. Did you know that Freud was full of sh*t, and that incest has nothing to do with the Oedipus complex? ( )
  blake.rosser | Jul 28, 2013 |
The stuff about dreams is good, especially the examples. There is a little too much about the Oedipus trilogy. Would have wanted to more dream analysis. ( )
  malrubius | Apr 2, 2013 |
Fromm says dreams are meaningful; they certainly are, and if anyone doubts it, you should read Fromm's argument. But given that they are meaningful, is Fromm right that they require a special language to interpret? From my own experience with keeping a dream diary, I think the most important thing with dreams is simply to remember them and write them down. Once you begin to do so you will find meaning in them, without the need for any special symbolic analysis. ( )
  Audacity88 | Aug 11, 2011 |
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If it is true that the ability to be puzzled is the beginning of wisdom, then truth ia a sad commentary on the wisdom of man.
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