The Interpretation of Dreams
Translated by A.A. Brill With an Introduction by Stephen Wilson.
Sigmund Freud's audacious masterpiece, The Interpretation of Dreams, has never ceased to stimulate controversy since its publication in 1900.
Freud is acknowledged as the founder of psychoanalysis, the key to unlocking the human mind, a task which has become essential to man's survival in the twentieth century, as science and technology have rushed ahead of our ability to cope with their consequences.
Freud saw that man is at war with himself and often unable to tolerate too much reality. He propounded the theory that dreams are the contraband representations of the beast within man, smuggled into awareness during sleep. In Freudian interpretation, the analysis of dreams is the key to unlocking the secrets of the unconscious mind.
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This is one of the classics of the early 20th century and even from the opening chapters it is easy to see how many of the terms and indeed ideas still permeate education today – despite many of Freud’s ideas being discredited. What I personally found surprising about this book is how much weight Freud puts on his ‘scientific’ approach – as there is little in his approach that would be regarded as particularly scientific. Considering how influential his ideas have been and still are I think that this should be a salutary lesson not to uncritically embrace ideas just because they are plausible and fashionable.
two The Method of Dream Interpretation
three The Dream as a WishFulfilment
four Distortion in Dreams
seven The Psychology of the DreamProcesses