"Screen Memories: A Neglected Freudian Discovery?"
with Dr. Eugene Mahon
Discussant: Dr. Martin Silverman
In 1899 Freud introduced the concept of screen memories. His insights were revolutionary: Screen memories do not emerge into consciousness at the time of recall, he argued; they are formed at that time and, moreover, historical accuracy is not their prime concern. In fact, they conceal more than they reveal. Such memories seem ultra clear, as if to bring attention to their significance, but the clarity is a deception. Often it is the insignificant that is emphasized rather than the “real” thing. In this paper Dr. Mahon will review two of Freud’s screen memories and two from a completed analysis of one of his own patients.
New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute
247 East 82nd Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues)
The Marianne & Nicholas Young Auditorium