A Dangerous Method: Team Carl or Team Sigmund?

Last week, Sony Pictures released the trailer for David Croneneberg’s next film, A Dangerous Method. The film revolves around late 19th/early 20th century psychologists Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud. Here’s the trailer:

If you’re unfamiliar with psychology, Freud and Jung were rivals in the field of psychology. Freud founded psychoanalysis; Jung founded analytical psychology. Freud believed that the primary driving force for mankind was sexuality. For Jung, it was more layered. Freud also espoused the iceberg model of psychology, with the tip of the iceberg representing the conscious personality and the underwater segment representing the unconscious, represented by the id, the ego, and the superego. Jung believed that the “underwater” part was represented by a collective unconscious- universal and inherited. Each person possessed the same “underwater” segment. As you can see, these two were the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox of the psychology kingdom. Cronenberg’s film apparently uses this to drive the plot.

If there’s one thing that makes ladies swoon other than dumb sparkly teenage vampires and werewolves, it’s early 20th century rival SuperPsychologists. And just as Twilight fans drew gang lines over their respective heart throbs, female fans of A Dangerous Method will no doubt be picking sides over these intellectual lotharios. I’ve drawn up a few badges so that fans of each rival can properly display which side they’re on:


Filed under Humor, Movies

12 responses to “A Dangerous Method: Team Carl or Team Sigmund?

  1. MJ

    Team Carl. All the way. I don’t trust Freud ever since Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure.

  2. Team Carl because Michael Fassbender is on top of the world right now. Gotta bet on the hot hand. Although Keira Knightley might burn through the screen and eat everyone involved.

  3. Stu

    Cronenberg is so ridiculous. The performances he elicits are so strange and extraordinary, if sometimes awkward. I’m going with Carl as well. Fassbender is blowing up right now for sure.

    • I’m just now starting to get into his movies, and I’m enjoying them. But you’re so right- they all feel like B movies made by a highly skilled hand or something.

  4. HAHA I am so Team Carl!!

    Freud just freaks me out with all this Mother stuff!!

    • Team Carl seems to be the main choice. I even brought this up to a few other people and they said Team Carl as well. Sigmund is getting shutout.

  5. Team Carl for sure! Not just because he was the better and more layered than Freud’s sex-is-everything philosophy, but also because Michael Fassbender is the be all and end all of acting right now. And I like his mustache.

  6. How about neither? 🙂 I might rent this one just to see the two actors’ performances though.

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