RESEARCH – FREUD ON DREAMS

The interpretation of dreams in 1899 is a book wrote by Sigmund Freud, here Freud introduces his theory of the unconscious mind in relation to dream interpretation. Freud used to mention the dreams as ‘The royal road to the unconscious’. He proposed the ‘phenomena of consideration’ the idea that one simple symbol or image presented in a persons dream may have multiple meanings. He said dreams are all forms of ‘wish fulfillment’ attempts by the unconscious to resolve a conflict of some sort, this can be something recent or something of the past. Dreams perform important functions for the unconscious mind and serve as valuable clues to how the unconscious mind operates.

Freud explains in his book as to how the preconscious wont allow unconscious thoughts into the conscious; during dreams the preconscious is more softer in this role, however the information that passes through isn’t always true. Images in dreams aren’t often what they appear and should have deeper interpretation. As a result of this process, confusing and cryptic dream images occur. This is an aspect I would like to visually show, by having images that are manipulated and linked with others it almost creates a cryptic narrative where you think you can see and understand the image but then at the same time there is confusion as to what is being shown, just like in a dream.

Freud distinguishes between the manifest content of a dream (what the dream remembers ) and the latent content. The manifest content is often based on the events o the day. The process where by the underlying wish is translated into the manifest content is called dream-work. The purpose of dream work is to transform the forbidden wish into a non-threatening form, to reduce anxiety and allowing us to continue sleeping.

According to Freud, the reason you struggle to remember your dreams is because the super ego is at work. It’s doing it’s job by protecting the conscious mind from the disturbing images and desires conjured by the unconscious. Dreams perform important functions for the unconscious mind and serve as valuable clues as to how the unconscious mind operates. This is an important aspect that I want my concept to portray.Freud was considered the father of psychoanalysis. He began to analyze dreams in order to understand aspects of personality as they relate to pathology.He believes that nothing you do occurs by chance; every action and thought is motivated by your subconscious at some level.

It says in the interpretation of dreams. ‘A dream never tells us whether its elements are to be interpreted literally or in a figurative sense or whether they are to be connected to the material of the dream.

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