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Freud's Bar presents  "Am I awake or asleep? Dreaming our everyday life"

Submitted by Aaron Bady on Tue, 10/03/2017 - 3:12pm

Wednesday, November 8


EAST BAY BOOKSELLERS DIESEL is pleased to host another installment of Freud's Bar. The theme of their upcoming segments this Fall and Winter is Tickling the Unconscious. The topic of this meeting will be "Am I awake or asleep? Dreaming our everyday life," on Wednesday, November 8th at 6:30pm. It will be presented by Michael Donner, Ph.D.

Are you interested in the world of psychology but afraid you may not understand all of the terms and jargon? Join us for monthly talks given by local Bay Area psychoanalysts. You don't need to be a psychologist to check out Freud's Bar. Just bring your interest and a friend!

The movie “Occurrence at Owl Creek” tells the story of a soldier about to be hung and his miraculous escape, only to learn (spoiler alert) that he was dreaming at the moment of his death. From the confusion between dreaming and reality that sometimes occurs when waking, to the conviction in waking life that something happened in reality that we only dreamt, our discussion will be about the experience of dreaming while awake, the incorporation of dream states into our everyday life.

Suggested reading list: 

  • Ambrose Bierce - Tales of Soldiers and Civilians (1891)
  • Dan Chaon - Stay Awake
  • Ursula K. Le Guin - The Lathe of Heaven
  • Philip M. Bromberg - Awakening the Dreamer


Michael Donner, Ph.D. is a psychoanalyst and clinical and forensic psychologist in Oakland. He is the immediate past-president of the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis and the moderator of the East Bay Psychotherapy Forum. 

Event date: 
Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Event address: 
East Bay Booksellers
5433 College Avenue
Oakland, CA 94618