Freud was Wrong
Part of the dream was about receiving a pair of huge, odd-looking eyeglasses in the mail.
"You dreamed that because we watched the show about Phyllis Diller last night," she interrupted.
"Phyllis Diller has a collection of wild eyeglasses, hats and clothes that we saw in that documentary we watched last night, Goodnight, We Love You - The Life and Legend of Phyllis Diller. Your mind simply ran with one of the images."
"Don't go Freudian on me now," I warned.
I had read enough about Freud to know he was a well-intended but mis-guided soul. Thinking everything is a symbol (very Jungian) or has meaning (very Freudian) can be misleading. As Freud himself once noted, "Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar."
"Freud was wrong," I said.
I went on to explain that Freud would have died penniless and unknown if it weren't for his nephew.
"Who was his nephew?"
"The greatest manipulator of the masses of all time," I said. "He created modern-day public relations. I wrote about him in my Barnum book."
"And he was --?"
"Edward L. Bernays."
That meant nothing to her, so the conversation turned to breakfast.
"I'll have oatmeal," she said.
"Oatmeal?" I asked. "You know what that means, don't you?"
PS -- Photo is again by master photographer Rodney Bursiel. He says this one is my "Sopranos" look.
Notes: To learn about Edward L. Bernays, the "father of spin," go see www.prwatch.org/prwissues/1999Q2/bernays.html
To learn "Why Freud Was Wrong," go see the book Why Freud Was Wrong: Sin, Science, and Psychoanalysis by Richard Webster.
To learn how Bernays made Freud famous, go hunting for the fascinating book, Biography of An Idea by Bernays himself. I have several copies, including a very rare one signed by Bernays. This gem is hard to find but fascinating reading. Bernays had an ego bigger than the planet, so, according to his own book, he single handedly influenced the modern world with his ideas. A fascinating little man and a hypnotic big book. Read it. Freud would approve.
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