Discussion Free and Open to the Public Wednesday, April 4

(COLUMBIA, Tenn. – March 26, 2012) - - - In 1913, Sigmund Freud published the Interpretation of Dreams and unleashed a firestorm of controversy about his concept of “talking cures” and psychoanalysis. One hundred years later, Professors James Senefeld and Stuart Lenig of Columbia State Community College will take an updated look at Freud’s ideas about dreams and their interpretations. The discussion takes place on Wednesday, April 4 at 11 a.m. in Room 122 of the Waymon L. Hickman building on the Columbia State main campus.
“Freud’s theories about how ideas manifest themselves through unconscious desires spurred the creation of modern day psychoanalysis,” Lenig said.
“We take for granted that psychological counselors have always understood the healing value of talking to patients in order to try to understand their problems or to bring insight to help those who need to correct destructive or nonproductive behaviors,” Lenig continued. “Actually, this is a relatively new concept that brought ridicule to Freud when he proposed it.”
There have been a series of popular plays and movies that have tracked Freud’s professional rise and fall. English playwright, Christopher Hampton wrote The Talking Cure, which later became the 2011 movie, A Dangerous Method, starring Michael Fassbinder and Viggo Mortenson, along with John Huston’s 1961 movie, Freud, will provide a backdrop for the April 4 discussion.
The discussion is free and open to the public. The Columbia State main campus is located at 1665 Hampshire Pike in Columbia.

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