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Introduction to the Psychoanalytic
Dream Interpretation Method

Interpretation of dreams is the most exciting field of psychoanalysis. Many messages we receive require the interpretation of dream symbols or dreams themselves. The fascination dreams exert on us is surely a result of the belief that dreams convey messages outside ourselves, coming from spiritual entities or God himself, messages either showing us what is about to happen or warning against unpleasant future events.

Dreams and the Unconscious

Dream Interpretation by Sigmund Freud
The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud
First we should agree that this is not the context predictive, spiritual, that psychoanalysis approaches dreams in. Dream interpretation in psychoanalysis is a tool aiding in the discovery of psychic contents - latent ideas linked with repressed emotions and drives - within the unconscious mind, contents pathologically manifest in neurotic symptoms. Dreams interpretation is the royal path to (discovery of the) unconscious, as Sigmund Freud holds.


You may study the psychoanalytic dream interpretation method through the following resources:

Papers on this topic:

->  Sigmund Freud is the author of the most important book on dreams ever written entitled The Interpretation of Dreams. There's also an abridged version of this book bearing the same title and addressing the wider public. You may purchase them through by following these links:

-> You can historically pursue the dream interpretation approach (from the ancient cultures up to the psychoanalytic era of Freud and Carl Jung) by taking our email course on dream interpretation. More...

-> Also we provide a 12-lesson email course treating of the Freud's method of dream interpretation. This is a beginners' guide explaining the basics. More...

-> If you wish to go further and study the dream interpretation in connection with Freudian psychoanalysis, you may be interested in our 15-lesson email course: Psychoanalytic Techniques for the Exploration of the Unconscious. Click here to learn more.

-> Finally we published more examples of dream approach through psychoanalysis in our paperstore. More...

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