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Class:PSYC 101 - INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY
Subject:Psychology
University:Ramapo College of New Jersey
Term:Fall 2014
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This is a really theraputic form of treatment used in psychoanalysis that we could all benefit from

Im sure we’ve woken up from a dream we were really curious or confused about.

Dream analysis is a method of treatment started by Sigmund Freud who was an austrian neurologist and psychoanalyst. 

But we dont have to be trained like he was to be able to look deeper into ourselves through our dreams.

So Im going to discuss this kind of analysis

So Sigmund Freud believed all dreams have meaning and purpose. He called dreams “the royal road to the unconscious”. 

This basically means that what we dream of is significant whether we are concious of it or not.

When I say Consciousness I am referring to the aspects of yourself and choices you are aware of. So all of us coming to class today, making breakfast, choosing our major

Unconsciousness means that your perceptions, actions, and thoughts are shaped by motivations out of your control, or by authomatic thought processes. An example of unconcious behavior would be self-sabotage. Someone making themselves fail over and over again. Conciously, they do not want to fail, but unconcious motivations keep leadng them to failure. These motivations could be that they unconciously do not believe they deserve success. This is all freudian theory.
Freud also believed that our minds are divided into three parts: The id, ego, and superego. The Id aligns with our unconcious mind, it represents our most hidden desires, we do not control it or have access to it, sometimes these are disturbing desires so our super-ego will come in and inhibit the id. The super ego is esentially our conscience and our thoughts on what we should do in any given situation. The super ego is the opposite of the Id.
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The Ego is the reality principal which mediates between our desires and our conscience. So in terms of dreams, Freud believed when we go to sleep our id or unconcious mind becomes activated. This is what makes our dreams seem so strange because they are representations of things we do not consciously know about ourselves. Our minds use visuals we see in reality to represent our Id’s unconscious wishes or conflicts. 

  1. So if we were to have a dream you were drowning in your childhood home, this obviously isnt literal.

  2. To understand these visuals you can ask yourself what your childhood home represents for you emotionally. Maybe your home represents the past or old memory. These wishes and conflicts are manifested through complex and structured stories.

 


So this kind of analysis proves that dreams have an objective. They process important information that might reflect our inner conflicts that are not conciously available to us.

So some specific examples inner conflicts that we can reflect on in our dreams are

Anxiety and depression. Anxiety and depression are feelings that arise in the unconscious. Some one obiously does not choose to be anxious or depressed. So it will arise more priminently in a dream. Alot of Freud’s research found that people with anxiety or depression had more vivid dreams. This is the case with any kind of inner turmoil.


Another example is that We can come to terms with or reflect on the past in our dreams. Unpleasant memories or trauma from our past are often repressed. When we repress something or force it out of our conciousness, it gradually becomes part of our unconscious and makes its way into our dreams. 


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CONCLUSION

  1. So to conclude, our dreams can reveal more than we know ini our dreams. In analyzing them we can be more self aware and understand ourselves and feel more in control of our mental state. 

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This is a really theraputic form of treatment used in psychoanalysis that we could all benefit from

Im sure we’ve woken up from a dream we were really curious or confused about.

Dream analysis is a method of treatment started by Sigmund Freud who was an austrian neurologist and psychoanalyst. 

But we dont have to be trained like he was to be able to look deeper into ourselves through our dreams.

So Im going to discuss this kind of analysis

  

So Sigmund Freud believed all dreams have meaning and purpose. He called dreams “the royal road to the unconscious”. 

This basically means that what we dream of is significant whether we are concious of it or not.

When I say Consciousness I am referring to the aspects of yourself and choices you are aware of. So all of us coming to class today, making breakfast, choosing our major

  Unconsciousness means that your perceptions, actions, and thoughts are shaped by motivations out of your control, or by authomatic thought processes. An example of unconcious behavior would be self-sabotage. Someone making themselves fail over and over again. Conciously, they do not want to fail, but unconcious motivations keep leadng them to failure. These motivations could be that they unconciously do not believe they deserve success. This is all freudian theory.
  Freud also believed that our minds are divided into three parts: The id, ego, and superego. The Id aligns with our unconcious mind, it represents our most hidden desires, we do not control it or have access to it, sometimes these are disturbing desires so our super-ego will come in and inhibit the id. The super ego is esentially our conscience and our thoughts on what we should do in any given situation. The super ego is the opposite of the Id.
  The Ego is the reality principal which mediates between our desires and our conscience. So in terms of dreams, Freud believed when we go to sleep our id or unconcious mind becomes activated. This is what makes our dreams seem so strange because they are representations of things we do not consciously know about ourselves. Our minds use visuals we see in reality to represent our Id’s unconscious wishes or conflicts. 

  
  1. So if we were to have a dream you were drowning in your childhood home, this obviously isnt literal.

  2. To understand these visuals you can ask yourself what your childhood home represents for you emotionally. Maybe your home represents the past or old memory. These wishes and conflicts are manifested through complex and structured stories.

 


  

So this kind of analysis proves that dreams have an objective. They process important information that might reflect our inner conflicts that are not conciously available to us.

So some specific examples inner conflicts that we can reflect on in our dreams are

Anxiety and depression. Anxiety and depression are feelings that arise in the unconscious. Some one obiously does not choose to be anxious or depressed. So it will arise more priminently in a dream. Alot of Freud’s research found that people with anxiety or depression had more vivid dreams. This is the case with any kind of inner turmoil.


  

Another example is that We can come to terms with or reflect on the past in our dreams. Unpleasant memories or trauma from our past are often repressed. When we repress something or force it out of our conciousness, it gradually becomes part of our unconscious and makes its way into our dreams. 


  

CONCLUSION

  1. So to conclude, our dreams can reveal more than we know ini our dreams. In analyzing them we can be more self aware and understand ourselves and feel more in control of our mental state. 

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