Sigmund Freud's interpretation of dreams in psychoanalysis is that dreams are basically wish fulfillment and are influenced by the events that take place in the day before the dreams occurred. According to Freud, in children the wish fulfillment is quite simple.
Their dreams are simple and straightforward influenced by the events of the previous day. However, in adults the process is more complicated.
Freud believed that dreams in adults are distorted as the unconscious has an influence on the dreams. And due to the distortion, the real purpose and significance of the dreams are hidden. Therefore, a person who dreams is unable to recognize the actual meaning behind the dream.
As per Sigmund Freud's interpretation of dreams, there are obstacles and forces that do not allow wishes from the unconscious to enter into the conscious. Some of these obstacles are broken down when a person sleeps but the resistance is still there and that is why distortion of dreams takes place. In a dream, a person's wishes can be fulfilled which otherwise would not be if the person was awake. And dreams are a compromise that ensures that a person's sleep is uninterrupted.
Freud explained that in psychoanalytic dream analysis the connection between the different elements of a dream and the elements through free association is not taken into consideration. Through this procedure a psychoanalyst can get into what unconscious dream thoughts are of the patient and thereby figuring out the true meaning of the dreams.
Sigmund Freud believed that interpretation of dreams in psychoanalysis was a path to getting to know the unconscious.
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