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In his book the Interpretation of Dreams Freud draws the conclusion that dreams are personal psychological events Freud called dream interpretation the via-reggia or the royal road to the unconscious We dream every single night whether it stays with us or not When we dream we entertain a wider range of human possibilities then when we are awake It has been suggested on more than one occasion that we in fact have no knowledge of the dreams that we set out to remember actually occurred What we have remembered of a dream has been told to us by our brain which seems incapable of remembering a whole dream and may have lost precisely the most important parts of its content Often we regret the fact that we can not remember anything of our dream except a single part Which itself is unclear Secondly there is every reason to suspect that our memory of dreams is not only short but wrong and fake On the other hand it may be doubted whether what we dreamed was really as hazy as our memory of it It also may be doubted that in our attempt to remember a dream we do not fill in what we never actually dreamt Freud pg 512 Dream accounts are public verbalizations and as public performances dream accounts resemble the anecdotes people use to give meaning to their experience to entertain friends and give or get a form of satisfaction In order to talk about the memory of a dream there are at least three steps one must take First putting a remembered dream into words requires labeling categories and labeling categories involves interpretation Next since the dream is multimodal putting them into words requires the collapsing of visual and auditory imagery being put into words Finally since dreams are dramatizations narrating a dream are what linguist calls a performance or what I came to understand what you see is what you get
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