Dreams: The Road to the Unconscious
An explication of Freud’s theories on dreams and the unconscious.
Although dreams may contain elements of ordinary things, these elements are often scrambled in fantastic ways. Sigmund Freud, the first psychologist in the modern era that tried to analyze dreams, believed that dreams often delineated concealed fulfillment of repressed wishes. In Freudian dream interpretation, every dream has a manifest content that could come from the events of the day or early memories; and a latent content that comes from an individual’s unconscious desires. By using Freud’s theories of dreams, the rest of his theories can be explained. Freud viewed dreams as the royal road to the unconscious.