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10 common dreams and their interpretation according to Freud

Our dreams can make sense. We know little about our subconscious, but it knows everything about us. And although our mind is full of ideas of what we want and how we will be better, we have a certain knowledge within us – what we really need.

The meaning of dreams

Psychologists interpret what our dreams are in different ways, our brain does not completely turn off when we sleep, it continues to process the information we have accumulated in a day (or even a longer period). The brain needs to sort everything, categorize, pass through an emotional filter, generalize, or, as they say, “put it on the shelves.”

During the day, our consciousness does not have time to process the entire information flow, in addition, our consciousness is a very energy-intensive and it is simply inexpedient to spend such an expensive resource on rough work. Therefore, when our buffer of incoming information overflows, we feel tired and sleepy.

Therefore, we turn off our consciousness – we fall asleep and, thereby, enable our brain, the unconscious, to work effectively on the unparsed material. At the same time, our brain actively uses our memory, but in an unconscious state we, of course, do not notice this.

But when we wake up, we sometimes find that some parts of the memory available to our consciousness still contain pieces of the results of the labour of our unconscious – these are our dreams. That is, in fact, information is entered into these areas of memory during our sleep – this is a by-product of the work of our unconscious, but we are aware of it, i.e. we directly “see a dream” when we wake up and get access to the corresponding area of ​​memory.

10 common dreams and their interpretation according to Freud

On October 13, 1900, the most famous book of the master of psychoanalysis Sigmund Freud, The Interpretation of Dreams, was published. Sigmund Freud argued that the meaning of every dream is the fulfilment of desires and there are no other dreams except “dreams of desires.” Dreaming is a compromise between the physiological need for sleep and the fulfilment of unconscious repressed desires. A dream is a reaction of the soul to external or somatic stimuli that act on the sleeping person. In dreams, desires go through several stages of transformation and are embodied in images.

A house in a dream represents a person. A building with balconies, carved window sills and other decorations – for women, in a strict Puritan style – for men.

Crowned persons: kings, empresses, counts and other high nobility – these are your thoughts about your parents. If you project images onto modern reality, then presidents and other high leadership can represent mothers and fathers. According to Freud, even in everyday life, we build our relationship with the boss on the model of relationship with parents.

Water dreams for the birth of a person, for a new incarnation of oneself. Here is how Freud wrote about this symbol: “Birth is almost always depicted by means of some kind of relationship to water, they either throw themselves into the water or leave it, they save someone from the water, or they save you from it, which means a motherly attitude towards the person being saved.” …

Departure, a trip by rail – means death. If you are riding a train in a dream, this does not mean that you will die. It’s just that your unconscious desire is to end your life. Leave this world.

Animals and parasites embodiment of thoughts about brothers and sisters. Fear, hatred, love for animals – this can be an attitude towards relatives. The embodiment of childhood grievances or, on the contrary, joys.

Flying in a dream means sexually aroused. After all, this is connected with childhood memories, when parents threw us up, and we experienced great pleasure from this.

Form, emphasis on clothing, in fact, according to Freud, is a symbol of nakedness and shamelessness.

Sticks, umbrellas, weapons, fountains, tools, taps, etc. that are elongated in length may increase in size, indicating the male genital organ. According to Freud, he can be incarnated in a cloak, hat, snake and even fish. If a woman sees something like this in a dream. For example, a snake crawls into a beautiful house, which means that a woman who sees this dream dreams of being possessed by a man.

Vessels, mines, caves, bags, pockets, everything that is hollow inside and has a hole – a symbol of female genital organs. For example, even a door in a house is a sign of the bosom. Freud also included the snail and even the church in this series. The stove, cabinet, safe – that which can warm, store, has a more detailed meaning of the uterus.

But remember that the Freudian interpretation is one theory. If you really want to understand yourself, go to a professional psychologist or to a friend. Here’s who will definitely help.