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The Interpretation of Dreams The Psychology Classic von Freud, Sigmund (eBook)

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The Interpretation of Dreams

Part of the bestselling Capstone Classics Series edited by Tom Butler-Bowdon, this collectible, hard-back edition of The Interpretation of Dreams provides an accessible and insightful edition of this important work of psychology

Sigmund Freud's The Interpretation of Dreams introduced his ground-breaking theory of the unconscious and explored how interpreting dreams can reveal the true nature of humanity. Regarded as Freud's most significant work, this classic text helped establish the discipline of psychology and is the foundational work in the field of psychoanalysis. Highly readable and engaging, the book both provides a semi-autobiographical look into Freud's personal life - his holidays in the Alps, spending time with his children, interacting with friends and colleagues - and delves into descriptions and analyses of the dreams themselves.

Freud begins with a review of literature on dreams written by a broad range of ancient and contemporary figures - concluding that science has learned little of the nature of dreams in the past several thousand years. Although the prevailing view was that dreams were merely responses to 'sensory excitation,' Freud felt that the multifaceted dimensions of dreams could not be attributed solely to physical causes. By the time Freud began writing the book he had interpreted over a thousand dreams of people with psychoses and recognised the connection between the content of dreams and a person's mental health. Among his conclusions were that a person's dreams:

  • Prefer using recent impressions, yet also have access to early childhood memories
  • Unify different people, places, events and sensations into one story
  • Usually focus on small or unnoticed things rather than major events
  • Are almost always 'wish fulfilments' which are about the self
  • Have many layers of meaning which are often condensed into a single image

The Interpretation of Dreams: The Psychology Classic is as riveting today as it was over a century ago. Anyone with interest in the workings of the unconscious mind will find this book an invaluable source of original insights and foundational scientific concepts. This edition includes an insightful Introduction by Sarah Tomley, a psychology writer and practicing psychotherapist. Tomley considers paints a picture of Freud's life and times, reveals the place of The Interpretation of Dreams in the context of Freud's other writings, and draws out the key points of the work.

Tom Butler-Bowden was working as a political adviser in Australia when, at 25, he read Stephen Covey's The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Captivated by it and other books in the personal development field, he left his career to write the bestselling 50 Self-Help Classics, the first guide to the personal development literature and a winner of the Benjamin Franklin Award. Tom has also provided critical introductions to self-development and prosperity classics through the Capstone Classics series published by Wiley.


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The Interpretation of Dreams


  1. Cover
  2. An Introduction
  3. About Sarah Tomley
  4. About Tom Butler-Bowdon
  5. The Interpretation of Dreams
  6. Introductory Remarks
  7. Preface to the Second Edition
  8. Preface to the Third Edition
  9. Translator's Preface
  10. I The Scientific Literature on the Problems of the Dream
    1. (a) The Relation of the Dream to the Waking State
    2. (b) The Material of the Dream-Memory in the Dream
    3. (c) Dream Stimuli and Dream Sources
      1. I. The External Sensory Stimuli
      2. II. Internal (Subjective) Sensory Stimuli
      3. III. Internal (Organic) Physical Excitation
      4. IV. Psychic Exciting Sources
    4. (d) Why the Dream is Forgotten after Awakening
    5. (e) The Psychological Peculiarities of Dreams
    6. (f) The Ethical Feelings in the Dream
    7. (g) Dream Theories and Functions of the Dream
    8. (h) Relations between the Dream and Mental Diseases
    9. Notes
  11. II Method of Dream InterpretationThe Analysis of a Sample Dream
    1. Dream of July 23-24, 1895
    2. Analysis
    3. Notes
  12. III The Dream is the Fulfilment of a Wish
    1. Notes
  13. IV Distortion in Dreams
    1. Preliminary Statement
    2. Analysis
    3. Notes
  14. V The Material and Sources of Dreams
    1. (a) Recent and Indifferent Impressions in the Dream
    2. (b) Infantile Experiences as the Source of Dreams
    3. (c) Somatic Sources of Dreams
    4. (d) Typical Dreams
    5. Notes
  15. VI The Dream-Work
    1. (a) The Condensation Work
      1. I. Dream Content
      2. II. "A Beautiful Dream"
      3. III. Content of the Dream
    2. (b) The Work of Displacement
    3. (c) Means of Representation in the Dream
    4. (d) Regard for Presentability
    5. (e) Examples-Arithmetic Speeches in the Dream
    6. (f) Absurd Dreams-Intellectual Performances in the Dream
    7. (g) The Affects in the Dream
    8. (h) Secondary Elaboration
    9. Notes
  16. VII The Psychology of the Dream Activities
    1. (a) Forgetting in Dreams
    2. (b) Regression
    3. (c) The Wish-Fulfilment
    4. (d) Waking caused by the Dream-The Function of the Dream-The Anxiety Dream
    5. (e) The Primary and Secondary Processes-Regression
    6. (f) The Unconscious and Consciousness-Reality
    7. Notes
  17. VIII Literary Index
  18. End User License...

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