“Indeed, who has not had the experience of a patient falling into a hypnotic sleep…

…whom he has had no intention of hypnotising and who certainly had no previous conception of hypnosis?”*

Image: the tawny owl or brown owl (Strix aluco).

I, who not so long ago had no experience of online meetings, now spend time each Sunday evening reading systematically through the Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud with other readers, based mainly in New Zealand. For them, of course, it is early on a Monday morning. Our group leader reported this evening/morning, as we waited for everyone to join, that he had heard the cry of the morepork near his home. Group members spontaneously imitated the owl’s call, mainly for my benefit, and I enjoyed the sense of a mere “three degrees of separation”. As I write, I can hear a neighbour singing in their back garden in London.

From Wikipedia:

“The morepork (Ninox novaeseelandiae), also called the ruru or Tasmanian spotted owl, is a small brown owl found throughout New Zealand and Tasmania. Described by Johann Friedrich Gmelin in 1788, it was for many years considered to be the same species as the Australian boobook of mainland Australia until 1999. Its name is derived from its two-tone call. Four subspecies of the morepork are recognized, one of which is extinct and another that exists only as a hybrid population. The bird has almost 20 alternative common names, including mopoke and boobook—many of these names are onomatopoeic, as they emulate the bird’s distinctive two-pitched call.”

*from “Preface to the Translation of Bernheim’s “Suggestion” (1888 [1888-9] )”, which we read this evening/morning.

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