Freud Dream Interpretation
Welcome to our Freud Dream Interpretation page.
In my view, regardless of the fact that modern day academics treat Freud’s theories with ridicule, the man was a genius. He was brave in the sense that he refused to yield to the notion that just because something was not open to testing in a scientific way, did not mean that that particular something was worthless (i.e. dreams and the subconscious). I was never taught a great deal about Freud at University; I’m glad I found him.
Sigmund Freud on Dreams
Sigmund Freud initially began his University studies as a doctor of medicine and later specialised in the area of psychiatry. It was Freud who led the charge in studying the psychological component of mental illness as opposed to the strong focus of his mainstream colleagues to only consider the physical elements. Freud named his style of work/study, “psychoanalysis”, otherwise known as “the talking cure”.
Freud was fascinated by the mind, in particular, its ability to engage in high level activity without the individual even being aware. He was so focussed on this subconscious operation that he came to develop an entire theory outlining the conscious and subconscious roles, functions, and interplay. The three major components of this structural model are: Id, Ego, and Superego.
In terms of Freud’s theory of dream analysis, it is important to comprehend the Id, Ego, and Super-Ego’s roles in our personality. Having a simple knowledge base in this area will then help the reader comprehend where Freud was “coming from” with respect to the subconscious. As such, a brief outlining of the Id, Ego, and Super-Ego are detailed here.
Freud’s Theory on Dreams
Before embarking on Freud’s means of dream analysis, we must first assess what he perceived dreams to be. Essentially in his view, dreams were made up of two principles, Wish Fulfilment, and Manifest v. Latent Content. You can read more about the two principles here.
Freudian Dream Analysis
Freud believed dreams to be an expression of a repressed wish that we would rather not admit to. As such, a dream being an unfulfilled wish is indicative of conflict within the psyche. In deciphering dreams, Freud believed this conflict within the mind could be resolved via the use of a technique called free association. You can read more about this very interesting process here.
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