Psychology Freud- dreaming notes.


Freuds theory of dreams (the iceberg metaphor) - 'Dreaming is a very important part of a persons life it is through dreams people's unconsious wishes and desires can be understood.

Key definitions:

Manifest content- what the dream is said to be about by the dreamer, the story that the dreamer tells.

Latent Content- the meaning underlying the dream. If symbols from the manifest content are translated by an analyst they can reveal unconsious thoughts.

Condensation- when many thoughts and elements from the unconsious are represented in one dream symbol.

Displacement- when smething that seems to be unimportant in the dream is made central, to shift attention from what is really important.

Secondary elaboration- how the dreamer builds a story when telling another person what the dream was about, adding to and changing things to make the dream make sense, this makes analysis difficult.


What is pschoanalysis? It is a form of therapy based of Freud's theory. It is sometimes called the 'talking cure' because patients are encouraged to talk through their problem in order to acheive mental health.

Deffinition of Psycholanalysis- Freud's theory designed to help release unconsious thoughts.

There are 3 different methods that can be used in pschanalytic therapy: Free asociation, Dream Analysis, Slip of




A lovely summary of the Psychodynamic approach to dreaming, including key terms, strengths and weaknesses.






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