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“If you dream of a thief…”

Author: Omnia El Shakry


“If you dream of a thief, you will be receiving a guest.”
Popular Egyptian saying

If the dream is a picture puzzle or rebus, as Freud reminds us, what then is the status of collective dreams or popular sayings? The popular Egyptian saying, “if you dream of a thief, you will be receiving a guest,” argued Najib Badawi in 1950, could in fact be aligned with psychoanalysis. Dissecting the saying according to both its symbolism and its predictive power, Badawi argued for an adaptation of Freud’s methodology in the Interpretation of Dreams to the collective unconscious of the popular as expressed in myths or sayings. ...

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