Unconcious Dreaming There are many facts that are unknown about the mind. For centuries, philosophers and scientists have tried to understand how it works. We have learned that the mind has a number of different levels of processing. Before Sigmund Freud “nearly all the previous research and theorizing of psychologists had dealt with conscious, such as perception, memory, judgment, and learning“ (Hunt185). Freud brought forth a number of theories that dealt with “the unconscious and its crucial role in human behavior”(Hunt 185).
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Dreams reflect cognitive development, whereby the content reflects the dreamer’s cognitive development, knowledge and understanding (Myers 2014). Traditional Dream Theories The fascination with dreams since the beginning of time has produced many theories on what dreams mean. From before Christ, the ancients “regarded the dream not as a product of the dreaming psyche, but as an inspiration from the realm of the divine…they distinguished valuable, truth-telling dreams, sent to the sleeper to warn him or announce the future to him, from vain, deceptive, and idle dreams intended to lead him astray or plunge him into ruin” (Freud, 1999, p. 8). Sigmund Freud, considered the Father of Psychology, is perhaps the most famous dream theorist with his work in The Interpretation of Dreams. He believed the dream to be a disguised expression of the dreamer’s desires and that these desires are almost always sexual.
Dreams Although the idea of dreams has always been a psychological one, there is a philosophical side to them. Descartes once said, "For all I know, I might be dreaming" (Bruder/Moore, Philosophy, 81). This conjecture of Descatres was one that explained the concept of dreams. He asked the question, How do we know that we are not dreaming and our whole life is but a dream? There can never be an answer to this question but it proves that there is a philosophical view of dreams.
The final phase of... ... middle of paper ... ...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.
For thousands of years humans have experienced a phenomenon which we describe today as dreaming. It has puzzled and sparked interest to all whom experience it. For as long as people have been dreaming, there have been people trying to understand and interpret them. This research paper examines the causation and deeper meaning of dreams. It will compare and contrast the differentiating ideas on the subject by famous psychologists and also examine first-hand accounts from real individuals.
The psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud suggested in his book The Interpretation of Dreams, that dreams were related to wish fulfillment. He believed the unconscious wishes and desires of a person manifested in the imaginary content of a dream with symbolism. Later on, Carl Jung, a psychiatrist and psychotherapist took Freud’s ideas further and suggested that dreams were messages from our inner selves that could help us solve our emotional problems and fears. Despite that psychoanalysis was the first discipline which became interested in dreams, today, and thanks to technological advances, scientists have become more acquainted with the phenomenon of dreams and have started many researches in brain activity to discover its relation with the act of dreaming. There was a time where it was believed that brain act... ... middle of paper ... ...c for him, in the other hand, a kid has probably never seen a mommy and the dream can meant something completely different even though it’s about the same thing.
Since the publication of his book there are many new theories that psycologists have come up with to explain the reasoning of our dreams. Freud maintained the notion that the dream fundamentally acts as the guardian of sleep. (http://dreams.insomnium.co.uk/) Studies have been done to try and figure out the mystique behind dreaming but still the question remains with no answer, "Why do people dream?" Some believe it's due to stress and problems in every day life. Others believe it's wish fullfilment.