Bad Moods

22 Jan, 2024

Bad Moods

Before we could formulate psychoanalytic theories of desire, anxiety, and drive, Freud knew we had to be careful what we wished for. Consent and its limits. Bad trips.

Essays by Amber Jamilla Musser, Samo Tomšič, Eugenie Brinkema, Jyoti M. Rao, Anna Kornbluh, Grace Byron, and BCNM faculty member Hannah Zaevin. Hannah Zeavin is a scholar, writer, and editor whose work centers on the history of human sciences (psychoanalysis, psychology, and psychiatry), the history of technology and media, feminist science and technology studies, and media theory. Zeavin is an Assistant Professor of History (Science / North America) in the Department of History and The Berkeley Center for New Media at UC Berkeley.

"Dreams are the only place we can have what we wish, but both the wish and its fulfillment will be distorted. This is the Freudian notion of the dream. By 1900, Freud’s Interpretation of Dreams laid out his great achievement—a theory of the unconscious at work and a method for chasing its meanings down the royal road of dreaming. Freud doesn’t think the dream sends us a message, at least not a direct one. Instead, the dream tells us, particularly when recounted in analysis, of our wishes"— Parapraxis Issue 03: The Wish

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