Sunday, October 10, 2010
Freud and dreams of astronauts
In "The Attic of Dreams" (Odile Jacob, 1997), Professor Jouvet reports that astronauts never dream of space, either during or after their flights even extended for months. Yet Freud said something else about the dream formation:
"While researching the origin of the elements of the dream, I look at what gives me my own experience, I would say first that any dream is tied to the events of the day just past." (S. Freud. The interpretation of dreams. Presses Universitaires de France, 1967.)
Freud was wrong in faisont heavily on his personal experience a general rule indisputable: recent events, the "day's residues" does not always provide the material of dreams, far away.
Furthermore, elongated objects (rockets) and hollow (vessels) are not included in the dreams of astronauts to censor (hide) and perform sexual desires are incompatible, one function of dreams according to Freud.
A dream of space flight shows that the psyche of the dreamer loses its connection with real life, concrete, and escapes in a world unreal, imaginary or spiritual. Such a "detachment" occurs among artists, mystics, drug addicts or mentally ill. These unstable people do not fly spacecraft.
The astronauts never dream of space because they have all their mental faculties and are firmly rooted in reality. Even during a long flight in space, they keep a keen awareness of the reality and all tasks necessary for their survival. The day an astronaut dream he flies into space, then there is more "grounded" and it is time for him to retire.