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Freuds Framework of Dreams The purpose of dreams is to sleep Dreams also represent wish fulfillment A dream is the result of a mediation or compromise between these two opposing forces Freud defines the manifest content of dreams as that which an individual is dreaming in a particular dream its primarily apparent subject matter In contradistinction to manifest dreams Freud differentiates latent dream content the elements composing the true purpose or meaning of a dream Through dream analysis one can unravel the manifest dream content in order to arrive at the dreams meaning which is embodied in the latent dream content and is termed as the dream-thought Dream-thoughts are contained within the latent dream and represent the true wishes and anxieties of an individual But the true meaning of a dream its dream-thought cannot be known merely by examining the manifest dream content There exists a filter Freud argues a mechanism that alters the dreams meaning so that it appears in consciousness as a disguised wish a distorted impulse This intervening mechanism Freud called the dream-work The dream-work is continuously at work during an individuals sleep process It is constantly preventing unconscious wishes anxieties and impulses from infiltrating consciousness or only permitting them to appear in the manifest dream in a distorted form It follows from this that these latent wishes are unacceptable to consciousness since they would challenge the individuals consciously-avowed sensibilities customary moral or otherwise to the point that they would threaten the very purpose of the dream namely the preservation of sleep In other words the dream-work acts as a censor a gatekeeper entrusted with the job of making the dream-thoughts palatable as they pass through the limbo between the conscious and unconscious realms The dream-work is responsible for the difference between latent and manifest dream content The constantly active dream-work mechanism paints a new picture every time and individual dreams distorts the dream-thought or wishes One of the
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