Freud's Theory of the Interpretation of Dreams

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Death of a Loved One

Sigmund Freud’s Theory The Interpretation of Dreams, came to be by his personal experience he had on an emotional level over the death of his father. In The Interpretation of Dreams, Freud talks about “Dreams of the death of beloved persons” which I find interesting myself. Freud states that this is a typical dream to have and that there are two classes: one being where it does not affect the dreamer and the other where the dreamer “feels profoundly grieved by the death of the beloved person, even expressing this grief by shedding tears in his sleep.” (Freud)

I can personally attest to this fact and agree with Freud’s findings. When I was a little boy just shy of two years old, my Nannie passed away. I do not consciously remember this, but my Mom said I would wake up crying to which she assumed it had to do with the emotional loss of my Nannie. On my other occasion of experiencing a death was this past June when my Papa passed away. Papa was my Great Grandfather and I loved him very much.

I know how fortunate I am to of had my Papa in my life for as long as I did, but I still miss him deeply. I believe that no one can relate to the concept of death fully until they experience a personal loss such as this magnitude, just as Freud had to experience the death of his father before writing his theory on dreams. It has been almost six months since my Papa passed away which is strange in the sense that I expect him to call me at any moment, though I obviously know he is no longer here. I sometimes dream about my Papa, which is a mixture of reality and fantasy.

For example, I remember going with him to see the U.S. Battleship in Wilmington, N.C. and I dreamt that we were going there again, however in the dream while we are on the Battleship he has a heart attack and dies. I’m terrified because I don’t know what to do, in the movies there is always a doctor nearby to save the day, but in this case no one is around but my mom....
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