Brush Salesman #1
"I was in a classroom teaching young women several things about cosmetics,
hair care, etc. I remember getting into a big discussion on the virtues of
natural hair brushes vs. nylon ones and the correct way to brush hair. The
class was about 30 women about age 18 in a classroom much like we had in high
school (fixed desks, and old building). The women all paid attention and
discussed things well."
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The coding of characters raises somewhat of a problem in this dream. It is
clear that it is a group character and that the group consists of all
females. Since no indication was given of any sort that he might be familiar
with any of these young women, the group was coded as consisting of
strangers. There is some question about age, but since the statement about
age 18 was made, this information was used to code the group as an adult one.
It will be recalled that age 13 through 17 is the age range covered in the
teenage subclass. Since 18-year-olds are considered adults, this was the
coding assigned here. It is possible that some of the women in this group may
have been younger than 18, but our convention has been to code a group in
accordance with the characteristics possessed by the majority of the members.
The only social interaction which occurred was a friendly one. This was coded
as an F4 because it was considered that the dreamer was performing a helpful
act by instructing the women about personal grooming. Even though such
instruction is part of his employment role as a Fuller Brush man, rule #1 under the coding
rules for friendliness states that "It is considered to be a friendly act
even though the befriender may be acting in a societal or professional role."
In contrast to most dreams, this dream contains a paucity of activity. The
only activity involved is a mutual verbal discussion that takes place between
the dreamer and the young women on the virtues of various types of hair
It is clear that the setting was an indoor one in a classroom; a Q code was
given for familiarity because there is some doubt as to whether the dreamer
has ever been in this setting before. On the other hand, there is the
possibility that he may use this classroom more or less regularly, and it may
even be that the dreamer perceived it as the same classroom that he attended
in high school. Since a Q code is intended specifically to reflect these
situations where it cannot be ascertained from the report how familiar a
setting is, it was the code given here.
In the Objects column, the two AV codes for this dream were given for the
classroom and old (high school) building. The four HH codes are for
cosmetics, natural bristle hair brushes, nylon brushes, and desks. The BH
code is for mentioning hair. The dreamer's high school was not coded because
it is contained within the coding for building.
Under modifiers, the I+ code was assigned for the "big" discussion. Big in
this sentence does not refer to size but to a quality of intensity. The A+
code was given for describing the building as old. Although the comment that
the women discussed things well might seem to be an evaluative statement, it
was not coded as such because it could not be considered as belonging in
either the aesthetic or moral realm of evaluation. The same rationale
explains why teaching the women the correct way to brush hair was not coded.
There are no scorable elements for any of the remaining scales.
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The brush salesman: