Dream Interpretation Theory

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Dreams are a very controversial subject in psychology. Psychologists have not come to agreement on what dreams may signify, mean, or what their purpose might be, however, they do have several theories. The three most popular dream theories are psychoanalytic, activation-synthesis, and information processing (White, 2017). Each theory is unique and offers different ways of looking at the way the brain works.
Sigmund Freud wrote the book The Interpretation of Dreams in 1900 and created the psychoanalytic dream interpretation theory (Myers & DeWall, 2014). Freud believed that the dream manifest content, or plot, is disguising the latent content—the unconscious desires of people (White, 2017). Freud also believed that dreams are the key to understanding
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As we were preparing for class, the teacher continually asked me if I had all of my supplies in a very rude tone and he kept waiting for me to fail and forget my supplies, but I had all of them. However, each time he listed anything I needed for class Lisa and Maddy had forgotten it so, they would ask if they could go and acquire it to which the teacher respond in a very nice tone that they could. But then, when I asked to go to the bathroom, the teacher yelled at me and called me a failure and that I shouldn’t be in his class if I couldn’t keep up with the higher class standard. He was yelling at me when I was awakened by the sound of my alarm. According to psychoanalytic dream interpretation, my dream is full of hidden meanings. Being in a classroom could mean that I am learning or need to learn something. Seeing my friends/classmates could mean that I need to gain insight into my relationship with them. Seeing a …show more content…
J. Allan Hobson and Robert McCarley were first created with this theory in 1977 (Cherry, 2017). The theory proposes that brain activation during REM sleep causes dreaming. The brain makes the neurons fire and the interpretations of the neurons are what causes the visual aspect of the dream and when the limbic system is added to the visual it brings emotion into the dream (Myers & DeWall, 2014). As a consequence dreams are meaningful but are filled with fantasy (White, 2017). When I dreamed that I was stuck in the middle an innumerable amount of brambles and could not escape, the activation-synthesis theory would state that I was feeling trapped and stressed out about my life, which is what my brain was processing, and that I was pairing it with the story of Sleeping Beauty, when Prince Philip was stuck in brambles trying to reach to his princess revealing how I was processing the emotion of feeling stuck and

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