Dreams

Topics: Sigmund Freud, Unconscious mind, Dreaming, Dream, Psychology, Carl Jung / Pages: 9 (2147 words) / Published: Dec 9th, 2012
Elsa Salim Karam
Mrs. Petrosky
2nd D
April 3rd, 2012.

Dreams: The Field of our Subconscious.
Have you ever tried to understand your dreams, reveal the hidden message your subconscious is trying to make you see? Dreams are successions of images, ideas, emotions and sensations that occur involuntarily in the mind during certain stages of sleep. (Dictionary.com) Sigmund Freud, father of psychoanalysis, said that nothing occurs by chance. In fact, every action and thought is motivated by our subconscious. Still, to live in a civilized society, we tend to repress our urges and our impulses. However, these urges and impulses must be released in some manner; one of them are dreams. I therefore agree with Sigmund Freud in his statement: “The interpretation of dreams is the royal road to a knowledge of the unconscious activities of the mind.” Dreams are the unspoken words of our minds, words that can and will affect our lives, for the best or the worst.
Joseph Heller, American author and dramatist, once said: “I want to keep my dreams even the bad ones, because without them, I might have nothing all night long.” Why do we dream? Dreams are a secret outlet for repressed desires. Freud used dream analysis to interpret the underlying language of dreams, which is very different from normal conscious thinking. To support his research, he categorized aspects of the mind into three parts: Id, Ego, and Super-ego. The Id is defined as the oldest part of the mind from which the other structures are derived. It is a sense of psyche that causes us to act on impulse; to follow our primary instincts and ignore the consequences. The Id is based on the “pleasure principle” – it doesn’t care about anything but its own satisfaction. In his book The Interpretation of Dreams, Freud describes this part of our mind as the following: “It contains everything that is inherited, that is present at birth. […] It is filled with energy reaching it from the instincts, but it has no organization,

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