Dreams, Part 2: What Do Dreams Mean?

Asleep in Battery Park on hot day (Library of Congress)

While dreams have been of interest to people throughout the centuries, it was Austrian psychiatrist Sigmund Freud who first made the “scientific” study of dreams popular after the publication of his book “The Interpretation of Dreams” in 1899. In this book, Freud discussed his theory that all dreams were wish fulfilments. He felt that our primal urges and impulses had to be suppressed in waking life and that dreams allowed these impulses to be expressed. At the same time, he believed that, even in dreams, these urges could be too disturbing and they would often appear in disguised symbolic form. So for instance, according to Freud, stairwells, mine shafts, and small narrow recesses in buildings had symbolic repressed sexual undertones.

For the better part of the 20th century, Freud’s theory of dreams, or some version of it, dominated the field of psychology. However in the later part of the century, advances in brain imaging technology

Teenagers are sluggish!

A study in the July 16 online edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association examined the physical activity of children and youth between the ages of 9 and 15 over a 6 year period. They found that 90% of 9 year-olds get a couple of hours of vigorous exercise every day… but less than 3% of 15 year-olds engage in that much activity. On average, 15 year-olds did 49 minutes on weekdays and 35 minutes on the weekends, and boys were more active than girls.

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FA037 – Anatomy of Internet Safety

Doctors Brian, Giuseppe, and Richard talk about keeping your kids safe on the internet – from inappropriate information, cyberstalkers, and fraud.

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FA034 – Anatomy of Addiction

Doctors Brian, Giuseppe, and Richard talk about addiction and its treatment, along with how to recognize and deal with the drug issue with your teenaged children. Well, mostly, Dr. Richard reads from his addiction encyclopedia.

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