Basic Psychoanalytic Concepts on the Theory of Dreams by Humberto Nagera

By Humberto Nagera

It is mostly permitted that between Freud’s many contributions to the certainty of the conventional and irregular points of psychological functioning, The Interpretation of Dreams stands by myself and in particular others. during this paintings released in 1900 Freud laid down the principles of psychoanalytic conception because it used to be to strengthen all through this century. This paintings not just unravelled the importance of the method of dreaming and allowed for the medical knowing of the real which means and nature of the mysterious international of goals, yet created the foundation for a basic conception of character in a position to encompassing inside a unmarried version either the conventional and irregular point of psychological functioning.

Originally released in 1969 Dr Nagera and his collaborators (all analytically informed) from the Hampstead baby treatment medical institution and direction (now the Anna Freud Centre) remoted from Freud’s paintings twenty-five simple recommendations that they thought of not just the cornerstones of Freud’s conception of goals yet primary pillars for the certainty of psychoanalytic concept often. They comprise matters comparable to dream resources, dream paintings, dream censorship, occur content material, latent content material, condensation, displacement, symbolism, secondary revision and dream interpretation. they're provided in a condensed and focused demeanour containing all major statements made by means of Freud at any aspect in his lifestyles as regards to desires, in addition to tracing the historic improvement of his principles anywhere major. References to the resources are given in all situations for the assistance of the scholar of psychoanalysis, the psychiatrist, the social employee, the psychologist or the scholarly minded reader.

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135 and Vol. 5, p. 643. , Vol. 15-16, p. 181. , p. 277. , p. 277. 1 These latent dream thoughts are not conscious, whereas the manifest content of the dream is consciously remembered. 2 Freud has referred to a group of dreams ‘in which the manifest and latent content coincide, and there appears to be a consequent saving in dream-work5. This is the case for example with children’s dreams to which he refers as ‘simple and undisguised wishfulfilments’ * He adds that ‘dreams of this infantile type can be found in adults as well, though,.

P. 14 (cf. , p. 16). , p. 13. 48 US E O F M E M O R I E S IN DREAMS The interpretation of dreams reveals that the selection of memories used in dreams shows three main characteristics which Freud lists as follows: ‘(i) Dreams show a clear preference for the impressions of the immediately preceding days . . ‘(2) They make their selection upon different principles from our waking memory, since they do not recall what is essential and important but what is subsidiary and unnoticed. 4 Later he deals with the factors which are responsible for this characteristic of memories in dreams, stating that: ‘the fact that the content of dreams includes remnants of trivial experiences is to be explained as a manifestation of dreamdistortion (by displacement); and it will be recalled that we came to the conclusion that dream-distortion was the product of a censorship operating in the passage-way between two psychical agencies.

Vol. 4, p. 277, cf. also (1925c! , Vol. 20, p. 44. , Vol. 5, p. 595. ’1 The wish uncovered by means of the latent dream-thoughts, having been in a state of repression, is derived from infancy, either from actual infantile experiences or from wishful fantasies (dreamfantasies) based upon them which are present in the dream-thoughts in a preconstructed form. The analysis of a dream only gives the content of the latent dream-thoughts, not however, an immediate indication of whether it is based on real or imaginary events.

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