Chapter 1 “The Scientific Literature on The Problems of Dreams”
In the first chapter of Freud’s The Interpretation of Dreams the master himself explains to the reader that every dream divulges itself as being a structure of psychological nature. Freud goes on to describe that each dream is meaningful and that some dreams may be designated to a precise point in the activities of the wake mind.
Freud also discusses the beliefs of early man, as dreams were connected to demons, gods and mythical deities. Dreams were perceived to be of a supernatural nature in primitive times and dreams were believed to portend the future.
Freud is presenting a case study and explains his belief that there is a psychological technique that makes interpreting dreams possible. Freud’s work with free association helped him to analyze his patient’s dreams and come to the conclusion that many elements lie below the level of the conscious mind. Freud has done extensive research on individuals to find the meaning behind their dreams and the impact it has in regard to their psychological makeup.
Freud uses an objective perspective as he explains the validity of his belief that all dreams are significant and has a specific place in an individual’s psychic activities. Through the use of his interpretation technique the meaning of dreams can be disclosed. The significance of each dream may be studied. Freud states that every dream is consequential and that the meanings of these dreams will be brought to light, lending information into the understanding of an individual’s make up. Freud’s work with free association has helped him to make a link between the symbols of the wake mind and the subconscious mind to give credence to his belief of successful dream interpretation.
I believe that everyone should give a certain amount of attention to his or her dreams. People should learn from Freud’s belief in the significance of dreams. If one were to keep a dream journal and write in it daily, it could provide some useful insights to the individual. I have a great belief in dreams and their symbolism, but I do not believe that all dreams have meaning. Sometimes a dream is just that, a dream, the subconscious mind rehashing the events of the day or nothing of consequence at all. I think it is to an individual’s advantage to keep track of dreams and give thought to the symbolic meanings involved. Through the use of a dream journal an individual may gain insight into understanding oneself and ones environment better.