Sunday, April 10, 2011

Let me have a sweet dream tonight!

A couple of weeks ago, I was taught about psychoanalysis theories on literature. Ever since that lecture, I've been trying to psychoanalyze myself and because of that I haven't been sleeping very well lately.

And the depressing part is, I won't be able to find out what am I repressing because it's being repressed.

Anyway a quick intro on Psychoanalysis.

Sigmund Frued said that your repressed memories or unfulfilled desires usually comes back to you either through dreamwork, parapraxis/Freudian slips or certain compulsive behaviors. Yes, its the return of the repressed! It comes back to you all the time unconsciously, just that you won't notice it because it comes back in a different form.

For example, you witness a murder in a tulip field while the song 'Umbrella' was playing in the background. It's so traumatic that you couldn't remember about it. The thing about the brain is it automatically shuts off over traumatic memories in order for the owner(?) to move on with life. It's like a defense mechanism.

Maybe you'll dream about tulips and wake up feeling really uncomfortable or whenever you hear the 'ey ey, umbrella-ella-ella' you might cry or something, but you just don't know why.

That's why we're always dreaming about being chased , being late or searching for something.

Not sure is this related to psychoanalysis but I keep having Deja-vu moments lately. March 10th, Hanshin earthquake suddenly pops out from my mind. And the next day, although not in Osaka and Kobe, there is indeed an earthquake.

March 12th, the word 'funeral' comes into my mind all of a sudden and indeed there was a funeral the next day.

April 8th, the word 'nuke' keep appearing in my dreams!! I was even wearing this t-shirt that has the word 'nuke' printed on it. The next day while researching for my journalism assignment, I found out that Fox news actually use the word 'nuke power plants' instead of nuclear power plants. Up till yesterday, I've never came across the word 'nuke' in my entire life! I don't watch Fox news because its faux and I don't even know what nuke means!

Hmm..I don't know. Shall dig deeper into psychoanalysis and see what I'll learn about it!


  1. Interesting. Psychology is a fascinating science, but think we have a long way to go before we understand a whole lot about the way the brain works.

    And I think Fox news is faux in the same way that MSNBC is. They both have crazy and biased opinion shows, but if you watch the actual news segments you can glean the important parts of a story. Just have to always keep in mind who you're watching and what their agenda is, no matter what outlet.


  2. @Blue Shoe
    it's kinda sad that people have to switch on their bullshit detector when they watch news. What happened to the credibility and fairness? News today are more like a tool to govern people and not about informing people.

  3. Yeah, I've wondered that before. But lately I'm thinking it's just that when we're younger we're a lot more naive and unaware of what the real deal is. This kind of thing has been going on for a long time (the term "yellow journalism" was coined around the turn of the 20th century).

    Fact is publishers and editors are human beings, and I think a lot of people have trouble being absolutely objective. Personal feelings and agendas influence what we want to say, and people who run newspapers and big networks just have bigger loudspeakers than the rest of us.

    It doesn't bother me so much that news often isn't 100% objective; I just wish sources were more upfront about their biases.