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Sigmund Freud is called the Father of Modern Psychology His work with patients suffering from hysteria a psychological ailment characterized by extreme anxiety led him to study the next to every facet of human existence from parent and child relations to human psychological defense mechanisms Many of Freuds works have been published today including the monumental work The Interpretation of Dreams This book discusses Freuds theory on the importance and meaning of dreams Freud realized his dream theory shortly after his father died The death of his dad was very traumatic to him and he had a recurring dream that he would be standing at the gates of the cemetery where his father was buried but he could not bring himself to go inside and see his fathers grave This seemed odd to Freud because he was very close to his father After much soul searching which included Freud undergoing hypnosis he discovered that he had unresolved anger for his father that he pushed into his unconscious Freud believed that he was getting even with his father in his dream by not visiting his grave To Freud understanding dreams was an integral part in understanding the true inner feelings of people Freud believed in the theory that dreams have meaning and have two main dynamics one displacement in which the mind protects itself by displacing the troubling thought with a symbol two condensation in which the mind places symbols on top of one another in layers in order to make the troubling thought hard to find He also believed that dreams are phylogenetic ie inherited as a species they are not ontogenetic ie created by environmental factors However not every psychologist agrees with this view Many of Freuds colleagues subscribed to the idea that dreams are nothing more than random brain activities or poppings These scientists do not believe that dreams have any meaning or use in the therapy of people Freuds theory is
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