Freud And The Interpretation Of Dreams By Sigmund Freud

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Since the beginning of time, dreams have been a source of mysterious wonder amongst people. Everyone dreams, and those who claim they do not, do dream, however, they are unable to recall their dreams. Prior to psychological research, dreams were interpreted and explained as an unconscious desire, predictions, or subliminal messages. These outdated beliefs existed throughout time until new psychological research came into being. The new psychological research by Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung gave rise to new dream theories that helped gain a greater understanding on dream interpretations.
The study of dreams by Sigmund Freud focuses on the hidden and symbolic messages that appear in dreams. In his work the Interpretation of dreams Sigmund Freud analyzes the meaning of dreams to grasp a better understanding on personality. Freud believes that nothing occurs by chance therefore an individual’s action is driven by the person’s unconsciousness. His theory states that dreams allow us reach and connect into our unconsciousness.
Sigmund Freud classified the hidden and symbolic messages that appear in a person’s dream into five processes. These five processes are displacement, projection, symbolization, condensation, and rationalization. Displacement is defined in explaining dreams as an individual having a desire towards another and is being symbolized in the dream by something else. Projection is very similar to displacement such that person inflicts its own desire towards another individual. Symbolization however, is the opposite of displacement and symbolization. It is the repression of such desires. Condensation is when an individual unconsciously masks own feelings and desires into a dream, with a different meaning. The final phase of...

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...ories, dreaming is an approach of communication such that an individual make familiar with his or her own collective unconsciousness. Jung’s believes that dreaming is a passage to a person’s unconsciousness, and that the issues that one suffers in their waking life are represented in their dreams. The individual may use dreaming as a guide to help uncover solutions in their dreams to problems that may not seem feasible in their waking life. When interpreting and discussing the content of dreams, Carl Jung believes that it is possible to reveal the mysterious message of the dream.
There are many theories about dream interpretations. These theories help gain a better understanding of an individual’s dream, and may help with the hidden messages. Although Freud’s and Jung’s dream theories are outmoded, they contributed in the rise of the study of dreams in psychology.
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