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Freud’s interpretation of his own dreams in “The interpretation of dreams”: a continuity hypothesis perspective

Schredl, Michael

In: International Journal of Dream Research, 1 (2008), Nr. 2. pp. 44-47.

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Abstract

From Freud’s statement that the manifest or remembered dream is a disguised fulfillment of a suppressed or repressed wish and the extensive use of sexual interpretations, one might infer that dreams do not relate directly to the conscious waking life of the dreamer – as stated by the continuity hypothesis of dreaming. The five dreams of Sigmund Freud presented in this paper demonstrate that Freud himself linked these dreams (as his other dreams) to significant experiences, events, feelings of his waking life: his professional life with all the worries of being a pioneer in the field of psychotherapy, his relations to colleagues, to his father and to his son, and health problems. This claim does not refute Freud’s dream theory but supports modern dream research in investigating the direct relationship between waking life and dream content as well as the factors affecting this continuity.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Dream Research
Volume: 1
Number: 2
Date Deposited: 21. Apr 2009 16:42
Date: 2008
Page Range: pp. 44-47
Faculties / Institutes: The Faculty of Behavioural and Cultural Studies > Institut für Sport und Sportwissenschaft
Subjects: 300 Social sciences
Uncontrolled Keywords: Freud, continuity hypothesis
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