Sigmund Freud's Dreams Research Paper

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During ‘prescientific days’ dreams were considered a ‘manifestation’ of a ‘higher power’. The introduction of psychology, the scientific study of our mind, rejects and replaces this interpretation with many others. Freud lists 4 distinct interpretations. The first is his own interpretation. His states that dreams are a subconscious manifestation of our desires. He explores and supports this interpretation throughout this paper. The second states that dreams are a form of spiritual liberation from everyday life. The third states that dreams have no importance and are only ‘accidental disturbances’ sent from ‘internal organs’. The fourth states that dreams, however bizarre, can be broken to symbols and hints that ‘foretell’ the future. (pgs …show more content…
When dining with his wife, she was not giving him a sufficient amount of attention, thus in the dream, the exact opposite happens, thus bringing him to realize his wish (his desire). Through the juxtaposition of the 2 circumstances, he realizes he has never received ‘anything for nothing’, thus creating another connection to the quote “But you have such beautiful eyes.”. Freud notes that the quote now holds more than one meaning. He names this concept condensation. It should also be noted that condensation may be a never-ending process once the desire is realized. Through further analysis, he remembers another instance when his wife and him were separated for a day during their courting process (another connected memory).

It should also be noted that each latent thought should fit together perfectly, like layers of ink in a photograph. He exemplifies this through the latent content based on having something for nothing. I t does not fit with the latent content about his wife, and thus is transformed to “I should like to enjoy something free of cost.”. The word cost resembles ‘kost’, meaning taste, fits with the table d’hôte. It also ties up the element of the spinach, and the memory of a mothers loving
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The first is that each individual dream dreamt on the same night originate from the same ‘sphere of thought’. The ‘direct translation’ of thought from one dream to another resembles the logic of cause and effect. The second conclusion is that dreams don’t use the ‘alternative either-or and instead accept both interpretations of manifest content. The third conclusion states that two contracting elements can be represented by the same element in a dream. This may represent a ‘conflict of will’. The last conclusion states that, while dreams may deal with many connected concept, they are all central to one main

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