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Sigmund Freud (1856-1867)

Sigmund Freud (1856-1867)

He was an Austrian neurologist and important psychoanalyst. Freud was the creator of psychoanalysis and the most influential personality in history in the field of psychoanalysis and psychology.

Freud was born into a Jewish family in the town of Freiberg in Mähren, then part of the Austrian Empire, now called Příbor in the Czech Republic. He began his studies by using the technique of hypnosis in the treatment of patients diagnosed with hysteria at the time, as a way of accessing their mental contents.


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Conscious X Unconscious

Conscious X Unconscious

The conscious level is nothing more than everything that we are aware of in the moment, in the now. It would correspond to the smallest part of the human mind. In it is everything that we can perceive and access intentionally.

 Unconscious refers to all that mental content that is not available to the person at any given time. It is not only the largest slice of our mind, but also, for Freud, the most important.Almost all the memories we believe are "lost forever", the feelings we ignore are in our unconscious.


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Dreams for Freud

Dreams for Freud

For psychoanalysis, dreams can reveal desires and traumas or other elements present in our unconscious. For psychoanalysis, dreaming is one of the ways to access the unconscious, a part of the mind that we do not have easy access to.

In the book "The Dream Interpretation of Dreams" Freud states that dreams are the fulfillment of a wish. These are hidden desires, desires that we often do not fulfill due to social impositions.


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Why don't our dreams make sense?

Why don't our dreams make sense?

Our conscious mind tries its best to protect us from the "truth" hidden within the unconscious, because for the individual it is painful, so dreams appear confusing and difficult to interpret. However, through free association with a proper psychoanalyst, your dreams can be analyzed in their life context, desires, and reality


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"The dream is a (disguised) fulfillment of a (repressed) desire".



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Psychology student. I like philosophy and things that try to explain the human behavior


I am particularly passionate about psychoanalysis and Freud's theories, so I will explain a little about dreams in Freud's view in a very punctual and basic way since it is a very dense content. (I remind you that it was the content I saw in psychology school and I make these stashes mainly to exercise my brain, memory and help you and your curiosities, thank you)


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