The Mind Theory Of Dreams Essay

826 Words Nov 25th, 2014 4 Pages
Dream Analysis
Before Freud, there was very little development of understanding the science of dreams. In ancient Greek and Roman eras, dreams were viewed from a religious perspective. They believed dreams were premonitions from the gods or the dead. Many people from that time looked to their dreams for solutions to life’s everyday complications. The Chinese believed that whilst dreaming their soul left their bodies to visit a separate dream dimension and if suddenly awakened their soul may not return to their bodies. In the 19th century dreams were dismissed as stemming from anxiety and other insignificant issues. It wasn’t until later in the 19th century that Sigmund Freud claimed that the motivation of all dreams is wish fulfillment, and the instigation of a dream can be most often found in the preceding day. Freud believed that the manifest content of a dream, or the elements the dreamer remembers upon awakening, operated to mask the latent content, or the unconscious wishes of the dreamer.
The Unconscious Mind Theory In the early 1890’s Sigmund Freud developed a structure of the mind to describe the human mind’s framework and function, composed of three elements: conscious, preconscious, and unconscious. The conscious mind consists of everything people are aware of at any given time. The preconscious or subconscious mind contains ordinary memories, although people are not entirely aware of this information it can be retrieved as needed. Lastly, the unconscious mind…

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