Psychology Freud's Theory on Dreams

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Freud’s Theory on Dreams

We as humans are an incredible species. We continue to evolve and create new inventions as time goes on. However, there are some very important tasks we must do on a daily basis if we are to do these extraordinary things at our best. Is has been proven that we all require sleep to function at our highest. There are many questions revolving around the huge topic of sleep; for instance why do we need it? What does sleep actually do for our brains and bodies? One that has really peaked my interest though, is the question of what is the purpose of dreams when we are asleep? Is there any relevance to them? How do you find out what they mean? To find out my questions and more on this, I am going to be exploring Freud’s Dream Analysis Theory.

Freud was a very interesting man to say the least. One of his many theories that he had was that dreaming is the gateway to our subconscious. His theory explained how the manifest content in a dream is what the person would consciously describe to someone else when recalling the dream. Manifest content is believed to have no meaning whatsoever because it is a disguised representation of the true thoughts in a dream. The latent content is thought to be the actual truth of a dream. In order to find the latent content of a dream it will usually take some deciphering of the manifest content to fully understand the significance of the person’s dream.

The process by which the latent content is transformed into the manifest content is known as the dream work. This explains that our brain naturally disguises our dreams and turns them into manifest content. According to Freud there are four main ways that our brain does this. They are condensation, displacement, symbolism and secondary revision. In condensation two or more latent thoughts are combined to make up one manifest dream image or situation. Displacement is used by directing the emotion or desire toward the intended person or...
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