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Dream Analysis

  • Submitted by: Pretty7
  • on March 3, 2011
  • Category: Psychology
  • Length: 1,260 words

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The purpose of this essay is to compare three types of dream analysis: Freudian analysis, Jungian analysis and Cognitive view. Each of them has several methods to analyze the dream and by using my own dream, I will try to demonstrate how some of these methods work. After analyzing the dream according to all three of them, I concluded that the most logical interpretation that I got was from the Reverse-Learning Cognitive view. I will reveal the reason later on in the essay.

I never remember my dreams except when it is a nightmare. Now that I knew that I had to write it down and analyze, I put my pen and paper next to my bed and as soon as I woke up I wrote it down. Here what it was.

I dreamt that I was in Prague center, shopping with my friends and suddenly I got lost. I have searched for hours to find somebody I knew, but suddenly city has changed to another city, London where I was living before Prague. Afterwards I was cooking dinner for my boyfriend, and I was waitng for him for a long time and then I woke up.

According to Freud's dream theory, in our dreams, we fulfill our conscious wishes and desires. (Van de Castle, 1994) He believed that, a censor blocks inappropriate wishes of sex, guilt, violence, fear, etc. He divided dream into two levels, manifest content and latent content. The first one is able to remember consciously, while second one is based on unconscious thoughns and wishes that are denied and blocked by conscious mind. I used one of Freudian defense mechanisms to analyze my dream his way – Repression. The way how it works is simple – after waking up, you need to write down a dream and not to think about it for a week. After one week you need to rewrite it. Missing words or changed are the most important words, because your unconscious mind got rid of them or even changed. When I woke up I wrote my dream down and rewritten it a week later. When I finished rewriting my dream I was shocked when I looked at my previous written dream. I've...

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