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Freud and Dreams Dreams have been objects of boundless fascination and mystery for humankind since the beginning of time These nocturnal vivid images seem to arise from some source other than our ordinary conscious mind They contain a mixture of elements from our own personal identity which we recognize as familiar along with a quality of otherness in the dream images that carries a sense of the strange and eerie The bizarre and nonsensical characters and plots in dreams point to deeper meanings and contain rational and insightful comments on our waking situations and emotional experiences The ancients thought that dreams were messages from the gods The cornerstone of Sigmund Freuds infamous psychoanalysis is the interpretation of dreams Freud called dream-interpretation the via reggia or the royal road to the unconscious and it is his theory of dreams that has best stood the test of time over a period of more than seventy years Many of Freuds other theories have been disputed in recent years Freud reportedly admired Aristotles assertion that dreaming is the
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