How to Modify “Highly Contagious Ideas”? Christopher Nolan’s Inception and the Psychoanalytic Cure

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April 17. Sunday,
13:30 to 14:30
Ametiszt room



In Christopher Nolan’s science-fiction action movie, “Inception”, a research team works secretly on the subconscious (i.e. unconscious) dream contents of a rich individual, Mr. Fischer, in order to convince him to split his heritage: his late father’s industrial empire. During this dangerous mission the team descends three layers of dream worlds in Mr. Fischer’s mind to implant one basic emotional fact: his father believed in his capacity. In the lecture I will present psychoanalytic theories concerning the functioning of the mind and the work of the psychoanalyst to interpret some basic ideas of the movie: Revisiting Freud’s theory on the non-repressed unconscious in a systematic manner Ignacio Matte-Blanco developed a theory on the stratified nature of the unconscious. Furthermore Thomas Ogden emphasizes the oneiric nature of the psychoanalytic process. Parallelisms between these theories and the movie will be highlighted.