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Daniel J Aversano Dr OmranNovember 23 2000 Modern ThoughtAn Analysis of Dreams According to FreudDreams are one of the most mysterious facets in life Freud was intrigued with dreams Dreams became Freuds passion Constantly analyzing and examining dreams Freud tried to break dreams down into an exact science While he did not completely succeed in his goal Freud did however make many breakthroughs in the study of dreams In Chapter 11 of On Dreams Freud states that It is commonly said that sleep is disturbed by dreams strangely enough we are led to a contrary view and must regard dreams as the guardians of sleep Many people believed that dreams interrupted sleep Freud however thought that dreams helped us to get a higher quality of sleep Freud explains that in children sleep is either imposed upon them or it is brought about by sensations of fatigue A childs dreams are somewhat simple During the coarse of a day a child has desires or wants Some of these desires are fulfilled and others are not The desires which are not fulfilled become the subject matter for the childs dreams For instance Freud believed that if during the course of the day a childs desire for a candy bar is not fulfilled then the child will dream about getting the piece of candy Adults however are different from children in this way Freud states Adults have learned to make this distinction they have also grasped the uselessness of wishing and after long practice know how to postpone their desires until they can find satisfaction by the long and roundabout path of altering the external world In order to reach fulfillment adults to alter the external world Adults are not all like the children who use their dreams in order to achieve fulfillment Next Freud claims -a differentiation has occurred in the psychical material which was not present in children A
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