Thirteen Dreams Freud Never Had

(Critical Survey of Contemporary Fiction)

As a dissection of the rambunctious dream brain-mind, 13 Dreams Freud Never Had: The New Mind Science is easily thirteen questions Sigmund Freud never asked, thirteen theories Freud never had access to equipment or technology for developing, and thirteen dreams Freud never had the insight for exploring as thoroughly, creatively, and honestly as J. Allan Hobson does.

Besides being both a left-brain/right-brain product of stalwart study and creative criticism, 13 Dreams Freud Never Had is an intimate journaling of Dr. Hobson’s own dreams and an exposé of his own dreaming and waking brain-mind. He liberally discloses his preoccupations with death, extramarital desires, and homo-erotic tendencies, and his fears of criticism, rejection, and cuckolding.

Gaining the trust of his readers--who will find the book as accessible as it is technical because of his personal tone and approach--Hobson both exposes Freudian flaws and endorses Freud as a forerunner of formal brain-mind study and of analysis of dreams as “the guardians of sleep.” The author challenges the wish- fulfillment theory, the limitations of Freud’s allowances for the physiology of dreaming, and the distinctions the Father of Psychoanalysis made between manifest and latent dream content. Hobson revises the dream-forgetting as defensive repression theory, the notion of hysterical paralysis as Freud attributed it, the process of dissociation as ignored by Freud in favor of motivational theory, the characterization of dream bizarreness, and the function of the dream as a logical problem-solving agent. And Hobson does all of these in--part of the time--Freud’s voice, which opens and closes the book with such admissions as, “The time has come to clear the decks of the wreckage of psychoanalysis and build a new science of dreams based on what is now known about the brain.”

In the early 1900’s, Freud had intuited and anticipated with what was at that time revolutionary thought the theories that would be introduced as mind science. Now, in the early 2000’s, Dr. J. Allan Hobson pays tribute to the intuition and the idea by picking up where Freud (and others) leave off, where Freud in all his limited approaches could not help but leave off.