Freud And Dreams

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A dream is an involuntary sequence of images, ideas, stories, emotions, or sensations that occur during certain stages of sleep. Dreams can be pleasant or frightening; vivid or hazy; comprehensible or confusing. The purpose of why humans dream still remains an unsolved mystery within the scientific community. It might seem odd that something seemingly so ordinary and familiar could be such a complex puzzle. In ancient times, people used dreams to diagnose illnesses, predict the future, and receive messages from the gods. Over the years, several scientist have voiced their opinions as to why humans dream; some even believe that dreams serve no purpose at all. Even so, there has not been a single theory that has been accepted as the overall consensus among behavioral scientists. One of the most well known theories as to why humans dream was established by neurologist, Sigmund Freud. He claimed that the purpose of dreaming is wish fulfillment. Freud believed that the unconscious mind protects the conscious mind by censoring the explicit nature of genuine human desires (Montenegro, 314). The unconscious mind then expresses these images through dreams. Freud believed that the manifest content (the actual dream itself) was symbolic and had an underlying latent content (hidden psychological meaning of the dream).…show more content…
Jung believed that the purpose of dreaming is to integrate the conscious mind with the unconscious mind. He also thought that dreams do not need to be interpreted because they are relatively straightforward and natural expressions of the imagination (Turner). He also said that the mixture of conscious and unconscious can help solve problems because they tell which part of the psyche is out of balance (Green). This theory can also help people cope with trauma and prepare people for future trauma in the form of threat simulation sometimes in the form of nightmares
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