During the summer semester of , Fromm studied at the University of Heidelberg , where he began studying sociology under Alfred Weber brother of the better known sociologist Max Weber , psychiatrist-philosopher Karl Jaspers , and Heinrich Rickert. Fromm received his PhD in sociology from Heidelberg in They married in , but separated shortly after and divorced in He began his own clinical practice in
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If I ever want to get deep into the Oedipus myth I know where to come. As for how to interpret dreams and nightmares? No thanks. Erich Fromm was clearly a misogynist. His description of Little Red-Cap as a man-hating tale boggles my mind.
That is something I know quite a lot about. He clearly did no research into how and why the Grimm brothers got their hands on that tale, what they did with it, and what it looked like when it belonged to women in oral form. I despise Freud and I liked where Fromm disagrees with him. Fromm does a good job of summing Freud up, in places. I also liked how he breaks down the different types of symbolism. I also think Fromm raises some good points about the Oedipal tale -- the son was never attracted to his mother.
She came with the throne. One of his first assertions was that "most of our dreams have one characteristic: they do not follow the laws of logic that govern our waking thought" Fromm, , p. An important insight that Fromm concluded was that we can decipher the degrees of rationality and irrationality in our dreams, but we cannot determine the quantities of the dream contents or their symbolic meanings.
For example, I may believe that I dreamed about being naked in a shopping mall, which ultimately leads to an underlying feeling of shame perhaps experienced in waking life. But, I cannot determine quantify how much of the dream is directly caused by felt shame versus, say, a latent desire to fully express my inner self without religious beliefs causing shame or from social conventions. He mentioned that even Aquinas admitted to some dreams being merely byproducts of the imagination.
Perhaps others with more logical minds could tell. Although we would agree with some of the generalizations he would make of the state of man and the world at large, the author is given to resentments of the scientific method, moralistic judgments, and unconcrete sweeping statements. Also I am not sure if his logic is airtight: are these his conclusions or his assumptions? He makes great hay over how dreams are justified later to be potent warnings against some immoral courses of action.
In any case this is one method psychoanalytical to take to make inroads in understanding dreams. Others exist neurobiological.
The Forgotten Language: An Introduction to the Understanding of Dreams, Fairy Tales, and Myths
The Forgotten Language