Saturday, April 16, 2011

A chaper titled "Fantasy"

In his landmark 1899 book, "The interpretation of Dreams", Sigmund Freud quotes Plato on the difference between ordinary citizens and criminals:

"The virtuous man is content to dream what the wicket man really does."

Freud's point is that, in the depths of the unconscious mind, even the most morally upright person harbors fantasies of forbidden behavior - of savage lust and primal violence.  But the quote implies something else, too: that what differentiates "wicked" men (and women) from the rest of humanity is their willingness to act on their darkest desires..."

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