Unconscious Wisdom: A Superego Function in Dreams, Conscience, and Inspiration

Unconscious Wisdom: A Superego Function in Dreams, Conscience, and Inspiration

by Dan Merkur
     
 

ISBN-10: 0791449483

ISBN-13: 9780791449486

Pub. Date: 04/28/2001

Publisher: State University of New York Press

In a detailed engagement with the psychoanalytic theories of dreams, conscience, empathy, and creativity, Dan Merkur argues that the superego is an unconscious reasoning process, dedicated to the representation of the loved object. The superego’s access to the repressed and devotion of time to single topics make it both more knowledgeable and more intelligent

Overview

In a detailed engagement with the psychoanalytic theories of dreams, conscience, empathy, and creativity, Dan Merkur argues that the superego is an unconscious reasoning process, dedicated to the representation of the loved object. The superego’s access to the repressed and devotion of time to single topics make it both more knowledgeable and more intelligent than the conscious ego. This is the final installment in Merkur’s three-volume exploration of the psychoanalysis of religious experiences—volumes one and two are The Ecstatic Imagination: Psychedelic Experiences and the Psychoanalysis of Self-Actualization and Mystical Moments and Unitive Thinking, also published by SUNY Press.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791449486
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
04/28/2001
Pages:
185
Product dimensions:
5.96(w) x 9.06(h) x 0.43(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsix
Prefacexi
Introductionxiii
1.The Coherence of the Dream-Work1
2.Conscience, Ego Ideals, and Self-Observation51
3.Inspiration93
4.Metaphor as a Tertiary Process111
Works Cited127

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