The Freud Museum

Worksheets

Festival of the Unconscious

Worksheet


1
. Look at the works of contemporary art in the exhibition.

Which one do you think would have been Freud’s favourite, and why?


2. Freud first saw the effects of the unconscious in dreams, slips of the tongue and psychological symptoms.

From the evidence you can find in the museum, where else can you find the influence of unconscious ideas?


3. Take two metaphors of the unconscious from the panel in the exhibition room.

Why are these metaphors inadequate?
What other metaphors can you think of to picture the unconscious?


4. How does Freud’s first diagram in the timeline ‘lay the foundations’ for the dynamic unconscious?


5. What do you think Freud meant by the ‘pleasure principle’?

What evidence of the operation of the pleasure principle can you find in the museum?

6. Look at the Freudian Slips Twitterfeed in the exhibition room.

Pick one of the slips and explain how you think it came about.


7. What is your favourite art work in the exhibition?

What does it tell you about the nature of unconscious processes?

 
An early diagram from Freud's 'pre-analytic' work, showing how we protect ourselves from unpleasant experiences by dissipating stimuli from the outside world.

An early diagram from Freud's 'pre-analytic' work, showing how we protect ourselves from unpleasant experiences by dissipating stimuli from the outside world.



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