The time Freud reminded me that vulnerability and open discussion go hand in hand

Cronenberg’s film A Dangerous Method tells the story of the relationship between Carl Jung, Sigmund Freud, and Jung’s patient-turned-lover-turned-colleague, Sabina Spielrein. There’s a particularly striking scene when Jung and Freud are chatting on a steamboat to America. Jung shares one of his dreams, which they analyse together, and it represents the changing nature of their relationship. Jung then asks Freud to share a dream of his own. Freud declines, saying something along the lines of ‘I had a dream, rather rich and complex, but I don’t think I should share it, for I fear undermining my authority’.

It hit me like a brick.

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