Freud and Jung on Dreams

A one-day course with Keith Barrett.

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26 April, 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm


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All registrants will receive their link to join via ZOOM. Course material will be sent 1 day before the event. Time includes a tea break. All attendees will also receive access to the recording, available to watch back for 1 month.


Freud and Jung remain the leading authorities in our contemporary understanding of dreams. What they agreed upon was that dreams have a meaning – but, beyond that, they disagreed on almost every point in their understanding of dreams and in their way of working practically with them. Jung remained close to the Romantic view of dreams, and always maintained that dreams could be prophetic. Freud, on the other hand, developed his theory of dreams on the basis of a neurological model of the functioning of the brain. In this three-hour course, we will examine the creation of Freud’s theory of dreams and his discovery of a method of interpreting them. We will then explore Jung’s searching critique of Freud’s whole approach to dreams, and study Jung’s contrasting way of understanding dreams and of working with them in psychotherapeutic practice.


Keith Barrett BA PhD received his first degree in philosophy from Oxford University after having spent three years working as a nursing assistant in psychiatric hospitals. It was in this practical context that Keith first encountered existentialism and psychoanalysis. He then began postgraduate studies on both Freud and Heidegger, leading finally to a PhD from the Wellcome Centre for the History of Medicine at UCL for a dissertation on ‘Freud’s Self-Analysis’. Keith has been a philosophy teacher for over 20 years, and has been delivering courses at the Freud Museum for over a decade, where he has developed a series of introductory lectures on Freud, psychoanalysis after Freud, and the overlap of philosophy and psychoanalysis.


Tickets £ 20

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A limited number of bursary places will be available for those unable to pay the full amount. Please email [email protected] to apply for a bursary.


26 April
1:30 pm - 5:00 pm
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