The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud

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Read The Interpretation of Dreams Online Free - The Interpretation of Dreams 1st appeared in German in 11/1899 as Die Traumdeutung (publisher postdated 1900). Publication inaugurated the theory of Freudian dream analysis, which he described as "the royal road to the understanding of unconscious mental processes", promising to "demonstrate that there is a psychological technique which makes it possible to interpret dreams, & that on the application of this technique, every dream will reveal itself as a psychological structure, full of significance, & one which may be assigned to a specific place in the psychic activities of the waking state. Further, I shall endeavour to elucidate the processes which underlie the strangeness & obscurity of dreams, & to deduce from these processes the nature of the psychic forces whose conflict or cooperation is responsible for our dreams."
The book introduces the ego & describes a theory of the unconscious as regards dream interpretation. Dreams are forms of wish-fulfillment—attempts by the unconscious to resolve conflicts, whether recent or from the past (Beyond the Pleasure Principle discusses dreams which don't appear to be such). Because the information in the unconscious is in an unruly, often disturbing form, a preconscious censor won't allow it to pass unaltered to consciousness. While still attentive, the censor is more lax in sleep than in waking hours. Thus the unconscious must distort the meaning of its information to make it past the censor. As such, dream images often aren't what they appear to be & need analysis.
Freud makes his argument by 1st reviewing previous work on dream analysis, found to be interesting but inadequate. He then describes dreams which illustrate his theory. Many of these dreams are his own—his method is inaugurated with an analysis of his "Irma's injection" dream. Others come from case studies. Many of his sources for analysis are literary. The book is as much a self-conscious attempt at literary analysis as it's a psychological study. He also 1st discusses what would later become the Oedipus complex theory.
It took years to sell the 1st 600 copies. Freud revised the book at least eight times. The 3rd edition added a section which treated dream symbolism literally, following Wilhelm Stekel's influence. Later psychoanalysts have been frustrated with this section, as it encouraged the notion that dream interpretation was a straightforward hunt for symbols of sex. (Example: "Steep inclines, ladders & stairs, & going up or down them, are symbolic representations of the sexual act.") These approaches have been largely abandoned.
By many considered to be his most important contribution to psychology, Freud said of it, "Insight such as this falls to one's lot but once in a lifetime."

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ISBN : 1566195764
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Number of Pages : 630 pages


Alevtina rated it ★★★★☆

April 05, 2013

Wait a second. Why did I even pick up this book? Wasn't Freud like ... insane? Wasn't he absolutely and helplessly fixated on sex? Does he or does he not, label developmental stages words such as 'anal'? Oh, that's right, I major in psychology. Typical lunatics, us psych majors. It saddens me, that...

Agir(آگِر) rated it ★★★★★

October 25, 2015

جمله ای از موریس مترلینگ درباره خواب هست که دقیقا خاطرم نیست ولی :چنین مضمونی داشت یک سوم زندگی ما در خواب می گذرد و ما از کجا مطمئن باشیم آنچه در خواب می بینیم حقیقی تر از بیداری نباشد؟ این کتاب را خواندم چون دنیای خواب برایم خیلی شگفت انگیز است و کنجکاو بودم بدانم این خواب ها از کجا می آیند و چطو...

Glenn rated it ★★★★★

January 03, 2016

I enjoyed reading Freud’s book. When he speaks about dreams and their interpretation, I am reminded of a microfiction I had published years ago where the editor told me it was the weirdest story he has ever read and that a Freudian psychoanalyst would have a field day interpreting. Here it is bel...

Trevor rated it ★★★★★

March 25, 2012

This was a much more interesting book than I thought it might be. The nature of dreams is something that is hard not to find fascinating. The thing is that we spend quite a bit of time dreaming – not the third of our lives we spend sleeping, but enough time to make us wonder why we dream at all....

Ahmad rated it ★★★★☆

April 04, 2017

Die Traumdeutung = The Interpretation of Dreams, Sigmund Freud عنوان: تفسیر خواب؛ نویسنده: زیگموند فروید؛ مترجم: محمد خاور؛ تهران، کانون شهریار، 1328؛ در 55 ص موضوع: روانکاوی خواب دیدن - قرن 19 م عنوان: تعبیر خواب و بیماریهای روانی؛ نویسنده: زیگموند فروید؛ مترجم: ایرج پورباقر؛ تهران، نشر آسیا، 134...

لونا rated it ★★★★☆

October 14, 2012

لست من الأشخاص المهووسين بتفسير أحلامهم، لطالما كان الحلم بالنسبة لي مجرد ظاهرة نفسية صحيَّة وكفى، ولا تستدعي مني الوقوف عندها، ولهذا قرأت هذا كتاب بنيَّة "للعلم فقط بمحتواه" نظراً لشهرته، لكني بعد أن انتهيت منه اعترف أني استمتعت كثيراً بمحتواه التي ترك أثراً في نفسي على عكس مما توقعت تماماً هذا...

Samar rated it ★★★★☆

August 25, 2011

- ينظر فرويد للأحلام على أنها أمور قد جرت في طفولتنا أو رغبات لم يعرها شعورنا اهتماماً في النهار السابق لتظهر لنا حلماً يجمع في داخله أمور عدة قد لا تتصل بعضها ببعض وقد تشير في تحليلها إلى أكثر من استنتاج ومن منطلق بسيط يصف لنا فكرة الحلم من أساطير القرون السابقة حتى الإستنتاج الحقيقي له ليدخل بنا في...

Owlseyes rated it ★★★★☆

September 28, 2017

A major book (of 1900) as one of the possible approaches to the world of dreams. Freud starts with Aristotle (and the demoniac view); then, the (biblical) approach viewing dreams as "Divine inspiration". Next, he proceeds with a very exhaustive sample of dreams of his own, of historical char...

Rebecca rated it ★★☆☆☆

October 27, 2017

Is it just me, or was ol' Mr. Freud the biggest perv in the world of psychology? Don't get me wrong, this is an interesting read from a historical perspective, but it's so difficult to take seriously! It's also very dated and seems to follow the average family of the time, without taking into acc...

Ghada rated it ★★★☆☆

August 24, 2012

مبدئياً الكتاب نسخه ملخصه و مختصره ... سهل للقارئ غير المتخصص... ربما أرجع للنسخه الكامله لاحقاً بالنسبه ليا الكتاب ما أضافش كتير ...معظم أفكاره معروفه و بعضها بديهي فيها يلي ملخص لبعض ما ورد في الكتاب ليه بننسى معظم الأحلام بعد ما نصحى؟؟ لأن العقل الواعي مش عاوزنا نفتكرها, محتاجين فرويد علشان يطلعه...

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