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: