Sigmund Plato Wish Fulfillment Theory

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There have been many theories and studies about what dreams symbolize and why certain individuals experience certain dreams. Dreams are successions of images, ideas, emotions, and sensations that occur usually involuntarily in the mind during certain stages of sleep. In the beginning, dreams were thought to be god-sent, serving to warn the dreamer of the future. Plato was the first to disagree with this view; he believed that dreams were caused either by over gratification or by frustration of bodily organs in waking life. Aristotle was the second to disagree with both of the views, he believe that dreaming was a function of the imagination, rather than of biology. Dreams were images of past experiences, which could explain a study later on …show more content…
People that suffer from PTSD can be more likely to act out in self-harm, usage of drugs, or suicide. The impulse to commit suicide manifests itself in dreams. The wish fulfillment theory is a theory in which dreams represent a wish wants to be fulfilled. The wish to have peace from PTSD is the same wish that is incorporated in the dreams of suicide victims; they wish to have peace from the pain even if it means death. Each dream has an emotion or feeling, such as hopelessness, that can lead a person to go from the self-loving ego to straight self-destruction. When a person dreams about dying and it is in a non-hidden form that normally means the person has just recently experienced a traumatic incident rather than it being a dream that is forecasting suicide. In “dangerous” dreams, death usually appears in a symbolic disguise. In a specific study relating to dreams and suicide, a man has a dream that contains blocked roads, policemen, and at the end a collision of cars. The individual parts of the dream represent an external feeling or conflict. The blocked roads represent frustration, the policemen represent him handicapped by his conscience, and the collision of the cars represents a mental conflict with subsequent injury, indicating the possibility of

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