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Throughout his work, Freud continuously stated that he felt that dreams were very important in the psychoanalysis of a person

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Dream Analysis Project Throughout his work, Freud continuously stated that he felt that dreams were very important in the psychoanalysis of a person. Freud believed this so strongly that he even used it as a genuine therapeutic method. The reasons that Freud felt dreams were central in psychoanalysis were that they occur during sleep, when the conscious mind releases its hold and is 'off guard'. Freud felt that this showed that the unconscious mind was not only at work but that it even existed. He even referred to dreams as the 'Royal road' to deeper understanding of the unconscious. Freud had worked out that hypnosis and the pressure method were far too authoritarian. He realized that it was almost impossible to force a person to comprehend what is occurring in their unconscious. He also felt that symbolism in neurotic symptoms could only really be understood by dream analysis and free association. At the time of Freud working on dreams, he was also furthering his ideas on infantile sexuality. He said that dreams were often linked to sexual issues from childhood and that these issues would only be resolved through dream analysis and free association. ...read more.

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This leads to distortion in the way the wish can appear in the dream. There is also evidence that supports Freud's claims here. When Freud was analyzing a patient, she told him that she had wanted to hold a dinner party but things kept going wrong. For example there was never enough food and as it was Sunday she could not order any more, the phone would not work and other problems. In the end, Freud found that the patient actually had an underlying jealousy for a friend that she had intended on inviting to the party. It turned out that the patient was afraid that her husband would be attracted to her friend. Freud stated that the latent part to a dream would only be revealed through dream analysis and free association. He felt it was important as it showed the real intentions of the dream which at this point have been censored. The aim o it is to avoid the censor and let the dreams intentions be revealed. The Symbolic Method; in Joseph's dream in the bible, there were seven fat cows which were then followed by seven thin cows which ate them. ...read more.

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In the idea of condensation, two or more ideas get fused together within a dream. The deeper real meaning may then lie behind this dream image. Symbolization is the idea that the images in dreams are symbolic and may secretly represent other things. Freud believed that most symbolization was of a sexual nature. Resistance was the idea that we may forget a dream due to censorship. Freud also felt that the content of a dream was hidden by a series of symbols and so named them Freudian symbols. He had the opinion that symbols could have more than one meaning and so they would need to be analyzed to come to the correct conclusion. In order to understand the symbols, Freud used two different methods, which were exploring the dreamers own associations And using the analyst's knowledge of common dream symbols to 'fill in the gaps' Freud as a result came to the conclusion that the following represented symbols of a sexual nature. Sticks, knives, umbrellas and other pointed objects represented the penis. Boxes, chests, ovens cupboards and any other containers show the uterus. Going up and down ladders or stairs represented sexual intercourse. Playing with young children represented masturbation. ?? ?? ?? ?? Aaron shepheard ...read more.

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