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Dream Psychology: Psychoanalysis for Beginners

3.41 of 5 stars 3.41  ·  rating details  ·  971 ratings  ·  51 reviews
This classic work by the Father of Psychoanalysis, is essential reading for any serious student of psychology. Dr. Freud covers the hidden meanings within our dreams, especially repressed sexual desires, the purpose of our conscious and unconscious minds, and the importance of dreams to our wellbeing.

Table of Contents:
I - Dreams Have a Meaning
II - The Dream Mechanism
Paperback, 160 pages
Published March 29th 2005 by Mondial (first published 1920)
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Kwesi 章英狮
We sleep 6 to 12 hours a day, and 2 hours of our sleep we dream of something. Some said they are omens, some they are messages and sometimes people thought you were a son or daughter of something satanic. Everyone have different beliefs depending on the place we grow and develop culture. There are four ways to define a dream depending on our culture;

1. History, people have sought meaning in dreams or divination through dreams.
2. Physiologically as a response to neural processes during sleep
3. P
Kellen Wilson
Interesting read but I can't help but to feel the age of this volume. Personifications of certain psychic functions felt like an over simplification, and aspects of his finite conclusions had possibilities other than his conclusions. Of course I could see the flaws in Freud's logic on certain things through the lens of modern discoveries, hence why the book felt dated, but I also felt that there was some grasping at straws when it came to certain dream analysis. Seeing certain objects in the dre ...more
نزار شهاب الدين
Although I read this book on a long stretch, due to the fact that I was reading it on my mobile during transitive times (waiting times at banks, restaurants, traffic signals, etc.), I enjoyed it, because I was interested in the concept it proposed - in regards of the kind of dreams it dealt with of course, because in Islam, dreams are of several categories, and the category of Ru'yah (vision), for instance, is not valid in Freud's belief. I have my reservations of course towards taking sexual mo ...more
Kevin McAllister
Freud has often bee accused of being overly obsessed with sex and after reading Dream Psychology I can definitely see why this is the case. While he does raise and discuss several interesting theories about dreams in general, eventually for Freud, they almost all come down to sex. He actually discussed a dream he himself had as a seven year old boy in which his "beloved mother" dies and states that this dream was a "repression to an obscure obviously sexual desire". Well, I do admire Freud and w ...more
Solo Lounsbury
This book starts off rather interesting in deconstructing the idea that a dream is meant to fulfill a desire but as I read this the points seemed to hammer on and on in the same fashion until I was bored to tears. Good start, could have been a bit more I interesting.
I crashed through the audiobook version of this in a weekend to prepare for an assignment. Here's my take away: ...Holy jumpin jephoosaphat God DAMN!!! Had no idea. I had always heard this was his best work of all his books. (And this is the edited later updated one, not the original turn of the century version.) He does have quite the fixation at one point in the text on sexual imagery in dreams which i personally believe is simply a product of growing up in a nigh Victorian level of emotional ...more
The words "dream interpretation" were and still are indeed fraught with unpleasant, unscientific associations. They remind one of all sorts of childish, superstitious notions, which make up the thread and woof of dream books, read by none but the ignorant and the primitive.
Freud's theories are anything but theoretical.
He was moved by the fact that there always seemed to be a close connection between his patients' dreams and their mental abnormalities, to collect thousands of dreams and to
Minh Quan Nguyen
The first book about psychology that I read. I always like books that open a new field to my knowledge. This book is funny and strange. At that time, to read about dreams and psychoanalysis was an amazing experience. Ok, maybe all of the thing that Freud talked in this book is wrong now. But at the time I read it, it is reasonable, articulated and funny. Freud's way of writing is very interesting. And the nature of dreams is so fascinating. I always wonder whether my dreams has any meaning and t ...more
Marts  (Thinker)
This title is, in essence, a comprehensive analysis of Freud's psychoanalytical studies, research and empirical observations.
Freud begins by explaining the meaning of dreams through presentations of varied real examples. He then proceeds to explain the causes of dreams and their relation to past and on-going events in our lives, he analyses dream elements, and then explores specified topics such as sexual thoughts in dreams and humans desires and wishes...
After using some of Freud's techniques on my own dreams it is hard to deny that there is some truth behind some of his theories, even as strange as some of them might be. However, I can never be a full believer of psychoanalysis simply because there will always be a piece of my heart that wants to believe some of the messages in my dreams come from a source beyond me, but I will say that I enjoyed the read. It was fun and definitely informative.
Katy Edwards
While aged, it is applicable and strong in its practice. Freud has unsurprisingly provided an informational read that doesn't take your brain through the wringer just to make a point.
Bob Couchenour
Having been influenced by the philosophy and psychology of Carl Gustav Jung I might be a little bit prejudiced in my assessment of reading Sigmund Freud. But in his dream analysis I do believe some of the assertions made against Freud are valid. I think Freud goes out of his way to try and find a sexual explanation to everything that is revealed in our dreams. Although I do believe Freud is correct in his assertion of the repressed state of sexuality resulting primarily from our religious herita ...more
Daniel Threlfall
I finally read a Freud book from cover to cover.

My thought after reading the book is amazement. Not amazement at Freud's intellect, but confusion regarding why he's heralded as such an authority.

I assume his enduring impact is due to his pioneer status, not the substantive quality of his writing. This book consisted of unprovable statements with no successful argumentation. Nowhere throughout the book did I find a compelling rationale or evidence-backed claim. Instead, he layered supposition up
Prashanthini Mande
What I gather from this book is dreams are kind of like what you would see in a Mirror of Erised; the happiest person on earth will have a dreamless sleep.

We've all heard the theory that dreams are manifestations of your desires, though sometimes when you analyze your own dreams you can never really see any of your conscious desires in them.
According to Freud, "The dream is the (disguised) fulfillment of a (suppressed, repressed) wish."
Even the dreams that scare us are fulfilling some kind of

Well, I don't think I can agree with Freud's interpretations of dreams or explanations. I hardly think that if I dream that I am out in public wearing a Sun hat surrounded by tall beach umbrellas wishing to sit at a table with thick tall legs, that I'd be interpreted as dreaming about being surrounded by penis in public. Sexualizing every dream is a bit far fetched in my opinion. I hardly think that if my kids dream about me, they are actually thinking of me in a sexualized way. On the same t
I found that I very much enjoyed reading Sigmund Freud's Dream Psychology, through out the novel Freud used his own experiences and dreams in order to explain his ideas on dream psychology. I found this very amusing as it very much provided me with evidence as to what Sigmund Freud was like, just like what my psychology teacher explained.
This was my first actual reading of Freud's primary works, but there were hardly any surprises. This text is concerned mostly with examples from his personal Psychotherapy practice, and left me seeking a more detailed and supported explanation of his underlying theory. Certainly not bad for an introduction to Freud, though.
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Interesting. Not modern, but interesting. Freud seems like the arrogant type who thinks his writing, words and theories are better than anyone else's even if he says otherwise, but not a bad read.
¡Último libro del año!
La verdad es que el psicoanálisis es un tema fascinante y este libro es bacán para la gente que no cacha nada como yo.
La propuesta principal es que todos los sueños son realizaciones de deseos no satisfechos y esta teoría se trabaja a través del análisis de los sueños que en la medida en que se detalla en profundidad revela conclusiones sorprendentes.
Lo que más me gustó es la parte final en la que Freud enumera las cosas para las que sirve el estudio de los sueños, los cons
Tom Brown
An interesting read. I've read into dream psychology before, so I did know quite a bit of this. However, it did bring a great amount of structure toward that knowledge.
This was surprisingly interesting. I read it because one of my sisters had an unusual dream she was really curious about. She said this analysis was right on! Lol
Angel Erin
Freud was a freak who was obsessed with sex. The end. LOL!! Still was interesting to read, even though I don't agree with most of the book at all. :o)
Freud always bravely outlines solid and tested theories that fall apart when he starts obsessing over sexual desires and sexuality.
This is a great book to read if you want to learn how to better understand your dreams. It's especially a good read right before bed.
Thy Anonymous
2.5 stars. It was very interesting, despite this praise I feel that Freud just left it all up to the concept of the unconscious- which to me is a synonym for "something that we can't ever explore because we can't reach it so anything I don't know about dreams HAS to be formed in the unconscious because where else would it form? Has to be somewhere!" That word felt like an excuse for the things Freud hadn't been able to comprehend yet. I'm looking forward to reading his other book Interpretation ...more
It was interesting, and it must be the basis of dream psychoanalysis, but nowadays a lot of what it mentions is common sense.
Zach Vowles
Interesting for the most part. I'm far from an expert on dreams, but I don't think I can agree with some parts of the book, particularly the fifth chapter (sex in dreams).
Tamer Alshazly
How much nothingness can you manipulate out of something, this might be a good summary for this book
سمعته أوديو

للأسف مالقيت الترجمه العربي للكتاب ده...هو في أجزاء من كتاب
تفسير الأحلام
لكن مش هو للأسف...وبالتالي مقدرتش أفهم بعض الأجزاء :((

عموماً ...لم أقتنع تماماً بفكرة إن "جميع الأحلام" سببها رغبه مكبوته
حتى 'بعض' الأمثله اللي طرحها فرويد لتوضيح نظريته.. حسيت كأنه بيلف و يدور بالحلم القارات السبع علشان يثبت صحته نظريته و خلاص :S

أو يمكن انا فهمته غلط
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Freud was an Austrian neurologist and the founder of psychoanalysis, who created an entirely new approach to the understanding of the human personality. He is regarded as one of the most influential - and controversial - minds of the 20th century.

Sigismund (later changed to Sigmund) Freud was born on 6 May 1856 in Freiberg, Moravia (now Pribor in the Czech Republic). His father was a merchant. The
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