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Dream Psychology: Psychoanalysis for Beginners

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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
Mar 12, 2011 Kwesi 章英狮 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, sigmund-freud, 2011
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
Pradnya K.
Nov 29, 2015 Pradnya K. rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: All the dreamer
To me, the most curious object on earth, is human mind. It's a Pandora box in itself which hold a curious mixture of 'gifts' and 'evils'. It's also like an iceberg, with two third of actual mass submerged, hidden away from plain sight.
To get to know the man, one has to dive deep inside the unconscious mind which is vast store of experiences, triggers, desires like a sea holding shells. Dreams are those shells thrown out after rubbing n polishing them, thus altering their true nature.

The book is
Kellen Wilson
Jul 17, 2012 Kellen Wilson rated it liked it
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
Jun 09, 2012 Kevin McAllister rated it liked it
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
Aug 24, 2012 Solo Lounsbury rated it liked it
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
Mar 31, 2014 Minh Quan Nguyen rated it really liked it
Shelves: psychology
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
Abdulaziz Al-Mannai
Good introduction to understand the psychology behind dreams.
Marts  (Thinker)
Sep 24, 2013 Marts (Thinker) rated it really liked it
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.
Raman Chopra
Jan 07, 2016 Raman Chopra rated it it was amazing
I am a newbie to Sigmund Freud, this was my second book - and considered the literature that he has written, I have barely just started.

I enjoyed the book, as I commented on his last book too, I love his writing style - he takes a moment at times to answer the questions that may arise in the reader's mind after reading the last couple of pages. :)

This book delved deep into the analysis of dreams, what they mean, where from they originate, and how their source ideas receive the portrayal as we ex
Katy Edwards
Sep 23, 2013 Katy Edwards rated it really liked it
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
Jan 05, 2015 Bob Couchenour rated it liked it
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
Mar 17, 2015 Daniel Threlfall rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2015
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
Bharathiraja Ramachandrabose
Just finished Freud's "Dream Psychology"...

The summary of the book is:
1. It's not for easy reading. The subject is an interesting one but it can be dry and boring if we are not in the right frame of mind to read it.
2. He says that though we have been taught to believe from ancient times that dreams tell us something about future as well, the fact is it's only about our past and how we have processed them on the day before. He doesn't rule out seeing future through dreams but advocates that it's
Leanne Hunt
Feb 01, 2016 Leanne Hunt rated it it was ok
Shelves: psychology
Make no mistake, this book is the work of a scientist, writing in the style of an academic. It is fascinating from the point of view of history as it reveals how psychoanalytic theory was developed, but at the same time, highlights the difficulties Freud faced in exploring and making sense of dreams. The reader who is looking for a clear guide for understanding and interpreting dreams will be disappointed as the book contains very little actual certainty.
Not being a formal student of psychology
May 28, 2012 Simmy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 3, non-fiction
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.
Mar 20, 2011 Ryan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jul 26, 2014 Maulik rated it really liked it
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Dec 31, 2014 Danae rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
¡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
T.L. 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.
Mar 12, 2012 Doreen rated it really liked it
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
chris fidler
I don't want to give this a star rating. How exactly do you rate a book like this? It's a dated book of dream analysis. I read it to get some basic ideas during a period when I decided to keep a dream journal. I gave up when I saw how many of my dreams were just my brain processing the day's experiences.
I'm probably never going to need any information I gained from reading this, and in some cases I disagree with it. I think Freud was a little sex obsessed and he assumed everyone else was too. A
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)
Jul 10, 2013 Larry rated it liked it
Freud always bravely outlines solid and tested theories that fall apart when he starts obsessing over sexual desires and sexuality.
Jul 15, 2015 Evan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 28, 2015 Thy Anonymous rated it it was ok
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
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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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“If we avail ourselves for a moment longer of the right to elaborate from the dream interpretation such far-reaching psychological speculations, we are in duty bound to demonstrate that we are thereby bringing the dream into a relationship which may also comprise other psychic structures.” 1 likes
“dreams with a painful content are to be analyzed as the fulfillments of wishes. Nor will it seem a matter of chance that in the course of interpretation one always happens upon subjects of which one does not like to speak or think. The disagreeable sensation which such dreams arouse is simply identical with the antipathy which endeavors—usually with success—to restrain us from the treatment or discussion of such subjects, and which must be overcome by all of us, if, in spite of its unpleasantness, we find it necessary to take the matter in hand. But this disagreeable sensation, which occurs also in dreams, does not preclude the existence of a wish; every one has wishes which he would not like to tell to others, which he does not want to admit even to himself.” 1 likes
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