Freudian Dream Analysis

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The Enchanting World of Freudian Dream Analysis Our dreams are the source for those illusive, below-consciousness feelings that tend to dive for cover when they meet the light of day.If we are persistent about searching for and seeking our dreams, and our inner self, the line between the conscious and the unconscious will blur.-- -Julia Chiapella- - On average, we spend about one third of our lives sleeping. During a portion of that time, we are also dreaming. While asleep, we can gain rest and refreshment for our hard day of work. Essentially, dreams are our method of relaxing and letting our minds drift away into a distant world. Dreams help us to understand ourselves giving that we know how to interpret them. We can find out deep secrets or reveal concealed feelings towards something just by analyzing a dream correctly.When we think about dreams we must wonder why they occur. There are several explanations for this question. It is a fact that we all must sleep. We constantly go through cycles of sleep and wakefulness. During each cycle, our minds must be active. Obviously when we are awake, we are using our minds for various actions. When we are asleep, it is not as obvious how our minds are at work. To keep our minds active during sleep we must dream.The first form of dream analysis can be seen by Joseph in the bible. A little later on, Greek philosophers further bettered dream analysis. The most famous of these Greek philosophers was Aristotle. He spoke of the illusion of 'sense-perception?; the malfunctioning of the senses which allows dreams to occur. Aristotle later suggested that dreams are formed by disturbances of the body. Not until mid 19th century did another philosopher as great as Aristotle come along. A man by the name of Sigmund Freud truly revolutionized the study of dreams. He believed that the analysis of dreams was a very useful and powerful tool in uncovering unconscious thoughts and desires. Freud also believed that "the purpose of dreams is to allow us to satisfy in fantasies the instinctual urges that society judges unacceptable. " Freud thought that there was no limit to how much you could analyze a dream. One can always go further and further into the symbols, the links of associations, and the memories that generate a dream.Freud believed that dreams acted as a form of fantasy, a defense mechanism against the unacceptable urges. Fantasy allows the individual to act out events in the imagination, which can satiate the urges that are repressed. Freud theorized that dreams were a subconscious manifestation of these repressed urges, and that they served mainly to satisfy sexual and aggressive tendencies. The interpretation of dreams has come to be one of the aspects of Freud's studies which are most popularized, as he took the importance of dreams far more seriously than many of those who came before him or studied after him. Yet, Freud still offered some symbols as constants, however, and felt that all people...

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