Hobson And Mccarley's Activation-Synthesis Theory

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Register to read the introduction… Freud believed that nothing you do occurs by chance; every action and thought is motivated by your unconscious mind at some level. a. In order to live in a civilized society, you have a tendency to hold back your urges and hide your impulses. b. Because they can’t be expressed in a social setting, our urges and impulses are expressed in our unconscious mind, through our dreams. 2. For this reason, Freuds theory about dreams focused primarily on sexual desires and symbolism. a. For example, any cylindrical object in a dream represents the male’s private, which a cave or an enclosed object represents a woman's private. b. Therefore, to dream about a train entering a tunnel would represent sexual intercoarse; which according to Freud indicates a supressed longing for sex. c. He lived during the sexually repressed Victorian era, which explains his focus. B. Hobson and McCarley proposed the Activation-synthesis theory, which in turn threw out the psychoanalytic idea of Freud. 1. Hobson and McCarley’s idea was that dreams were actually the cause of activity in the brain. a. Research of what was going on in the brain during sleep gave them the idea that dreams were simply the result of random brain impulses that pulls images from our …show more content…
Dreaming about being naked reflects our vulnerability or feelings of shamefulness. c. Dreaming about teeth falling out implies that the dreamer has anxieties about their appearance and how others perceive them.

I. (Signal Closing) A dream is defined in Webster's Dictionary as a "sequence of sensations, images, thoughts, etc., passing through a sleeping person's mind". Dreams are a nightly gift and a part of the natural process of being alive. In our dreams, we can go anywhere, we can be anybody, and we can do anything. When we dream, we are like passengers on a moving train, unable to control our actions and choose our surroundings.

II. (Recap Main Points) In order to understand what dreams are, we must be able to understand how they occur while we are sleeping, the historical viewpoint of them, as well as the importance of their existence and symbolism.

III. (Memorable Closing) John Lennon once said, “I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one,” and indeed he wasn’t. We are all dreamers, all people of diverse background, of varying experiences, and difference in ages experience dreams. Whether we remember our dreams or not, we all experience

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