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Interpretation Of Dreams Essay

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Dreams have long exercised a fascination over the human imagination. We spend approximately one-third of our lives in a state of sleep, much of the night filled with dreams. Peculiarly vivid or disturbing dreams leave behind impressions that are hard to dismiss. In Freud Sigmund’s view, the purpose of dreams is to allow us to satisfy in fantasies; the instinctual urges that society judges unacceptable. The part of the mind that Freud called censor transforms the dream content so as to disguise its true meaning. Freud called the censorship process the dreamwork. There is five processes brought into play during dream-work: displacement, condensation, symbolization, projection, and secondary ...view middle of the document...

Although in rare cases the manifest and latent content can be indistinguishable (Freud referred to these as “Infantile Dreams”). The process by which the latent content is transformed into the manifest content is known as the “Dream-Work”. The dream-work can be disguise and distort the latent thoughts in five ways. As stated in “The Dream Encyclopedia” by James R. Lewis, in displacement, we repress a certain urge, which is then redirected to another object or person. In condensation, the process that disguises a particular thought, urge, or emotion by contracting it into a brief dream event or image, the deeper meaning of which is not really evident. Condensation also refers to the tendency of the dream-work to bring two or more different experiences or concerns into a single dream narrative or image. In symbolization, as the name suggests, the repressed urge is acted out in a symbol manner. Where complex or vague concepts are converted into a dream image. For this, the mind may use the image of a similar sounding word instead or use a similar looking less intrusive object. In projection, a certain urge we are repressing is projected onto another person or a group of people. In secondary revision, which is the final stage of dream production, according to Freud, this is where the dream loses “The appearance of absurdity and incoherence”. In essence, secondary revision can be thought of as the ways in which the dream-work covers up the contradiction and attempts to reorganize the dream into a pattern in sync with the dreamer’s experience of everyday life.

In the book “For In That Sleep Of Death What Dreams May Come”, written by William Shakespeare, every single person in this world dreams in his sleep but, not all of us ever take our time to ask ourself what is the meaning of our dreams. Teenagers and adults tend to think more about their dreams than children because we are curious to know if there is a relation between what we dream and our life. Sometimes, we see the future in our dreams without knowing it. By choosing this topic, teenagers and adults will benefit from the interpretation of dreams and be able to understand the mechanism behind dreams.

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