Cube Installation by Pippa Skotnes
Cube Installation by Pippa Skotnes

Ask Mark - Week 4

Please post your questions for this week in the comments section below. At the beginning of next week, I will respond to the most interesting and popular questions. Please ‘like’ questions posted by other learners if you are also interested in having these answered.

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Thank you to everyone who posted questions. I have recorded a response to four of the many interesting questions you posed: The video responses are on YouTube with links below (transcripts to follow).

Question 1: I too am fascinated by dreams and would like to know what Mark has to say about the Jungian belief that dream images are frequently images generated by the unconscious for conscious processing.

Response to question 1 - length: 16:46

Question 2: I’m interested that Mark Solms says a number of times that intentionality is towards something in the outside world. That the outside world is where needs can be met. But might we not also have an intention to modify our own actions or our own thoughts if we feel that they’re causing us pain? i.e. can our intentionality sometimes be towards our own and perhaps inner world?

Response to question 2 - length: 7:35

Question 3: Given the instincts and how they guide us from the deep, what explains suicidal tendencies or self-destructive behaviour? Similarly, how would Freud’s Death Drive fit into this? Is there anything in the brain that would motivate irrational behaviour, something beyond the pleasure principle? What is the effect of inhibiting our basic instincts?

Response to question 3 - length: 17:15

Question 4: In general you are speaking of the healthy adult matured mind/brain. Have you explored the developing mind, ie infant through teen? I want to better understand how to help these young minds better self-regulate. We know that babies who are physically well looked after (fed, clothed, etc) but emotionally severely neglected (as some institutionalized babies) do not thrive bodily as well as mentally, they grow apathetic and uninterested in the environment, not very different from your example of people with encephalitis lethargica. Can we say that a defining property of the mind is that it must have other minds to be a mind?

Response to question 4 - length: 12:44

If you missed the Ask Mark responses from last week, visit Step 3.9.

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This article is from the free online course:

What Is a Mind?

University of Cape Town