chapter  3
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Weaving in the factory of thought

In asking a dreamer to free associate, Freud was not soliciting the dreamer’s ideas about his or her dream. He was not turning to consciousness, either his own or the analysand’s, to see how they could figure it out. Instead, he took the view that the dreamer should simply report what he or she was thinking in the moment, regardless of how insignificant it seemed. In the days of the dream book Freud asked patients to shut their eyes when talking: ‘I began the treatment by assuring him that if he shut his eyes he would see pictures or have ideas, which he was then to communicate to me.’20