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The interpretation of dreams is the royal road to knowledge of the unconscious activities of the mind Freud It has been objected on more than one occasion that we infacthave no knowledge of the dreams that we set out to interpret orspeaking more correctly that we have no guarantee that we knowthem as they actually occured In the first place what we remember of a dream and what weexercise our interpratative arts upon has been mutilated by theuntrustworthiness of our memory which seems incapable ofretaining a dream and may have lost precisely the most importantparts of its content It quite frequently happens that when weseek to turn our attention to one of our dreams we find ourselfsregretting the fact that we can remember nothing but a singlefragment which itself has much uncertainty Secondly there is every reason to suspect that our memory ofdreams is not only fragmentary but innacurate and falsified Onthe one hand it may be doubted whether what we dreamt was reallyas hazy as our recollection of it and on the other hand it mayalso be doubted whether in attempting to reproduce it we do notfill in what was never there or what was forgotten Freudpg512 Dream acounts are public verbalization and as publicperformances dream accounts resemble the anecdotes people use togive meaning to their experience to entertain friends and togive or get a form of satisfaction In order to verbalize the memory of a dream there are at least three steps one must take First putting a recollected dream intowords requires labelling categories and labelling categoriesinvolves interpretation Next since the dream is multimodalputting them into words requires the collapsing of visual andauditory imagery into words Finally since dreams aredramitizations narrarating a dream is what linguist call aperformance or demonstration and the rule What you see is whatyou get cannot apply since only one party can see DentanPHD1988 In the case of dream accounts it is the context which
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