By | October 8, 2015

Patrick Mahony – Dreaming is something that every human being does when they’re in the deepest throes of sleep.

Depending on the individual psyche of a person, the subject of that dream can vary, but Sigmund Freud believed that it was a way of allowing something that person was repressing to come forth.

Due to the confusion that comes with connecting this conflict, Freud felt the need to write his dreams down multiple times in order to develop an understanding. However, Patrick Mahony has argued in his series of books that look at Freud and the world of psychoanalysis that such an approach has helped offer a way to see the fantasies and some unconscious aspects related to Freud.

Patrick Mahony believes that a story of a patient of Freud named Emma Eckstein affected his own dreams. That’s because Emma discussed being circumcised, which was followed by his subsequent dreams whereby something was missing or was considered absent. Two direct examples that Freud reference dealt with a missing hat and something that had been stolen, with Freud being judged as the guilty party.

Another memorable patient of Freud was Ida Bauer, who was immortalized as Dora. Patrick Mahony was able to show in greater detail that in addition to the trauma of sexual abuse that she suffered and how that affected her sexuality, Bauer’s dreams also played an integral role in her interactions with Freud.

Instead of contributing to better mental health, Patrick Mahony argues that Bauer may have fallen victim to Freud’s need to prove his theories at the expense of his patients. This manifested itself through what Patrick Mahony calls “forced dreams,” which was effectively a new form of abuse.