Science Journal of Psychology
March 2014, Volume 2014, ISSN:2276-6278
© Author(s) 2014. This work is distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.
Fundamental Implications of Sigmond Freud's Dream Analysis
Valentine Ehichioya Obinyan
Department of Philosophy, faculty of Arts, NnamdiAzikiweUniversit, Awka. Nigeria.
Accepted 8th March, 2014; Available Online 30 March, 2014
For Freud, dreams are fundamentally guardian of sleep, they extinguish all external and internal stimuli. Essentially, should one continue to sleep undisturbed, strong negative emotions, forbidden thoughts and unconscious desires have to be disguised or censored in some form or another, while confronted by these, the dreamer would be terrified. Freud believed the dream to be composed of two parts; the manifest and the latent content although in rare cases they are indistinguishable. However, latent content is transformed into manifest content through a process he called "dream work" which, in four ways, disguises and distorts the latent thoughts. But how does this account for a subjective personal unconscious experience? What are dreams? Are they only sexually meaningful and symbolic as Freud inferred? How substantial is Freud's principle of dream symbols and possibility of arriving at the meaning of dreams? Does this theory give any understanding of the dreamer's subconscious? With the critically analysis method, the researcher examines the implications of Freud's analysis of dreams and concludes affirmatively that to say that dreams are only sexually meaningful and symbolic, is a position of an extreme reactionist as dreams also have deep psychological, epistemological and religious significant value to human psycho understanding.
Keywords:Dream, symbols, Subconscious, Psychoanalysis and Sex