Sigmund Freud - The Interpretation of Dreams


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The 'Interpretation of Dreams' is an 1899 book by psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud in which he introduces his theory of the unconscious with respect to dream interpretation.

Dreams, in Freud's view, are all forms of "wish fulfillment". They are attempts by the unconscious to resolve a conflict of some sort. Because the information in the unconscious is in an unruly and often disturbing form, a "censor" in the preconscious will not allow it to pass unaltered into the conscious.

Images in dreams are thus often not what they appear to be, according to Freud, and need deeper interpretation if they are to inform on the structures of the unconscious.
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  1. Have you ever had a recurring dream? What was it about?

  2. What do you think dreams represent?

  3. Do you agree with Freud's explanation that dreams are all forms of "wish fulfillment"? Why or why not?


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