The Interpretation of Dreams

The Interpretation of Dreams

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"The interpretation of dreams is the via regia to a knowledge of the unconscious element in our physical life."--Sigmund Freud

Freud's discovery that the dream is the means by which the unconscious can be explored is undoubtedly the most revolutionary step forward in the entire history of psychology. Dreams, according to his theory, represent the hidden fulfillment of our unconscious wishes. Through them the inhibitions are released and tensions relaxed. The ability to interpret these manifestations of conflict in the human psyche opened a vast new realm of investigation, particularly invaluable in the treatment of neuroses. By his pioneer investigations into the world of dreams, Sigmund Freud created a transformation in our generation's thinking.

The Interpretation of Dreams is offered here in the translation by Dr. A. A. Brill, who for almost forty years was the translator and standard-bearer of Freudian theories in America.
Publisher: New York : Modern Library, 1994.
Edition: Modern Library edition
ISBN: 9780679601210
067960121X
Characteristics: 477 pages ;,20 cm.

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guiltbyaccusation
Dec 18, 2018

for some reason, many authors have called this one of sigmund's 'classic.' as a further explication of his strategy of MAKE WHAT IS UNCONSCIOUS, CONSCIOUS, it has value. Maybe it is my resistance, but i have never been all that fascinated with the content of my dreams. As a quasi-Jungian, my hackles rise when i realise, when reading this, that Sigmund gives no value to the archetypes rising up in the dreams and expressing themselves. So, i would recommend reading what Jung or his followers wrote on this subject. Freud is still a thinker to whom i give respect, even when i disagree with his conclusions, or fell he had gone astray in his thinking, in order to make his whole system consistent with itself, or with himself.

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Mark Melnychuk
Oct 25, 2012

Brilliant intro but very unclear, too literal translation. One must also understand that this tome is more for the specialist reader with a serious interest in dream psychology. The more general reader will find more rewarding material in Totem and Taboo, Three Contributions to Child Sexuality or Civilization and its Discontents.

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