Freuds Interpretation of Dreams

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Many will argue that Freud’s ideas have exerted a profound influence on twentieth –century thought and culture, though his work has come under scrutiny, it has shape the fundamentals of society view on civilization and discontents, dreams, psychoanalysis and the unconscious. For this paper, I will be discussing Freud’s fundamentals of dreams, what dreams represents, how dreams are constructed and its significance while paying close attention to the following areas of dreams, manifest and latent content, condensation and displacement, and censorship and repression.

First, let examined the definition of dream according to Sigmund Freud “dream is the disguised fulfilment of a repressed wish. Dreams are constructed like a neurotic symptom: they are compromises between the demands of a repressed impulse and the resistance of a censoring force in the ego” (Freud, 28). This simple means that all dreams represent the fulfilment of a wish by the dreamer. Dreams are the mind way of keeping an individual asleep and to digest and work out all that we have going on inside our brains, the negative, positive, fear and unclear thoughts and actions. This set the framework for dream work. Freud also stresses that even anxiety dreams and nightmares are expressions of unconscious desire. Freud further went on to say that, “the general function of dreaming is to fending off, by a kind of soothing action, external or internal stimuli which would tend to arose the sleeper, and thus of securing sleep against interpretation” (Freud, 28). With this, it shows that a dreamer can take apart his dream and analysis it, if he or she remembers, once conscious.

Often time’s dreams are enhance by external or internal stimulus, or even repressed emotions are ...

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...of dream and how dream derived is undisputed but I do not believe dreams are fundamental of unfulfilled desires. Like natural phenomenon in the world, such as earthquakes, storms, thunder, etcetera, dreams are natural occurrence in humankind and dreams is just the way in which our mind process all the event of our lifetime and day to day activities that we engaged ourselves in. The mind tries to resolve or give solution to issues that were not solved though out the day or years as well as filling away important data. Due to this, there are so much unprocessed materials in the brain hence dreams becomes senseless when an individual awakens because there is too many materials to be process, flush out, or saved. Therefore, dreams become jumbled and many dreams condense into one.

Works Cited

Sigmund, F. The Freud Reader. (1986). Paper Back. Printed & Bonded in USA
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