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Historical Psychoanalysis and Dream Interpretation The Freudian Methodology A bubble floats down from the sky and a cat appears to be encased within the bubble The cat meows and the bubble shatters and breaks Suddenly there are bowls filled with cat embryos A booming voice calls to you and you know it is the voice of God God is telling you to kill your neighbor who is really a demon in disguise See the above vision during the day wide-awake and you are diagnosed as insane See the same vision at night sound asleep in your bed and you will be judged perfectly normal it is all but a dream In the dreaming state the normal persons brain quite regularly mimics the most blatant manifestations of mental illness In dreaming the sensory perceptions are akin to hallucinations the false belief systems similar to the delusions of psychosis and the aberrant thinking memory loss and confabulatory quality is analogous to the delirium and dementia of organic brain disease 168 Hobson Dreams have long been subject to controversy whether they are a source of predicting the future or as Sigmund Freud portrayed them as the royal road to the unconscious Sigmund Freud was a renowned psychologist who although did not originate the concept of dream interpretation was integral in developing some methodologies of utilizing the dream as a means of deciphering the psyche of the dreamer particularly in uncovering and analyzing the dreamers psychological problems In Freuds view the purpose of dreams was to allow the individual to experience the instinctual urges that society deems unacceptable Being that Freud was a product of the Victorian age much of his dreamwork focused on the symbolism of dreams as projections of feelings of sexual frustration and guilt 15 16 Storr The leading dream theory since the early twentieth century has been that of psychoanalysis according to Sigmund
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