Being run over as a symbol of sexual intercourse. Not a distinct speech. In that period of huge change, I was more permeable, more open to opening the door wider to listening to my dreams. This technical motive may excuse me for now mixing together all sorts of things which have nothing in common but their relation to the text of the foregoing chapter. Besides it has already been decided upon their arrival who is to be upstairs and who down. The dreamer is surprised that his father has had a misfortune since he is dead already, as the dreamer adds in telling his dream.
She herself is sitting in a box with a friend of her own sex known to me. The analysis shows that the tight place is a hole, and that the dream uses symbolically his very words to his friend, Be careful, or youll get yourself into a hole. . It would have been tempting to diagnose the trouble as a neurosis, and this would have put an end to all my difficulties, but for the fact that the sexual anamnesis, failing which I am unwilling to admit a neurosis, was so energetically denied by the patient. The dream after the secondary revision process assumes the characteristic of a symbolic drama or a story at the manifest level.
It serves, in the first place, to enable the wish-fulfilment to prevail against a definite element of the dream-thoughts. Identification consists in giving representation in the dream content to only one of a number of persons who are connected by some common feature, while the second or the other persons seem to be suppressed as far as the dream is concerned. A Manifest content is nonsensical; latent content is readily understood. M of my dream was constructed; he bears the name of Dr. The intensity of the elements of the dream shows itself to be determined in a different mannerthat is, by two factors which are independent of each other. No coal, no fire so hotly glows As the secret love which no one knows.
It is also why the manifest content is so much more compact than the latent content. Later on she brings me a supplement to this dream: I decorate the flowers with green crinkled paper. Indeed, the natural dreams of healthy persons often contain a much simpler, more transparent, and more characteristic symbolism than those of neurotics, which, owing to the greater strictness of the censorship and the more extensive dream-distortion resulting therefrom, are frequently troubled and obscured, and are therefore more difficult to translate. On the one hand is the chain of ideas about my friend Otto, who does not understand me, who thinks I am in the wrong, and who gives me the cordial that smells like amyls; on the other the chain of ideasconnected with the first by contrastabout my friend William, who understands me and who would always think I was in the right, and to whom I am indebted for so much valuable information about the chemistry of the sexual processes. She and her friend remain seated 1 while her younger sister, who still has a prospect of marrying, hands her up the coal because she did not know that it would be so long.
A good part of this symbolism, however, is common to the psychoneuroses, legends, and popular usages as well as to dreams. A lady relates: I can remember that when I was a child I repeatedly dreamed, that the dear Lord had a pointed paper hat on his head. Accordingly, if ken meant strong, the picture of an erect little man was placed after the alphabetical signs, if ken, weak, was meant, the picture of a cowering man followed. A General Introduction to Psychoanalysis. The Cherchez la femme, in which these thoughts may be summed up, when taken in another sense, brings me to my brother, who is still unmarried and whose name is Alexander.
But this future, which the dreamer mistakes for his present, is modeled by the indestructible wish into the likeness of the past. At last the monster fell apart into the two names Nora and Ekdal from two well-known plays by Ibsen. In the Sappho dream of my patient the ascending and descending, being upstairs and down, is made the central point; the dream, however, is concerned with the danger of sexual relations with persons of low degree, so that only one of the elements of the dream thoughts seems to have been taken over into the dream content, albeit with unseemly elaboration. Occasionally he must have treated me very badly, and I must have shown courage before my tyrant, for in later years I have often been told of the short speech with which I vindicated myself when my fatherhis grandfathercalled me to account: I hit him because he hit me. Among the various subordinate ideas associated with the essential dream thoughts, that one will be preferred which permits of a visual representation, and the dream-activity does not hesitate promptly to recast the inflexible thought into another verbal form, even if it is the more unusual one, as long as this form makes dramatisation possible, and thus puts an end to the psychological distress caused by cramped thinking. More of this later on.
D affects dreaming with increasing intensity as use of media increases. What significance and what psychic force is to be ascribed to such manifestations of judgment as For that is only a dream, which frequently comes to the surface in dreams, I shall discuss in another place vide infra, p. The person who followed him in my office, regularly for several months, was a young lady, whom he used to meet, about whom he used to ask frequently, and to whom he was very anxious to be polite. Whatever dream-work has been added to other dreams, we call dream distortion, and this can be annulled by our work of interpretation. Dry is actually the name of the man whom she would have married but for his over-indulgence in alcohol. I have naturally an abundance of such material, but a report of it would carry us too far into the discussion of neurotic conditions.
The results of condensation may be quite extraordinary. In this, dreams resemble daydreams but they also differ from daydreams because they occur at the unconscious level while daydreams occur at the conscious level. This is the thing which seems to him to have met with an accident. Lunatic-tower is perhaps the word in which both thoughts might have met. Similarly in the dream about June bugs, whose subject is the relation of sexuality to cruelty, the factor of cruelty has indeed reappeared but in a different connection and without the mention of the sexual, that is to say, it has been torn from its context and transformed into something strange. She feared, as may be imagined, that the landlady suspected her, and had proposed, on the day before the dream, that they should meet in one of the unoccupied rooms.
Botanical, then, is a veritable nucleus, and, for the dream, the meeting-point of many trains of thought; which, I can testify, had all really been brought into connection by the conversation referred to. For example, Freud 1915 found that some events and desires were often too frightening or painful for his patients to acknowledge, and believed such information was locked away in the unconscious mind. Formulations on two principles of mental functioning. In most cases it disregards all these conjunctions, and undertakes the elaboration only of the material content of the dream-thoughts. Another, a female patient, after her elder brother has promised to regale her with caviar, dreams that his legs are covered all over with black beads of caviar. Much company, as we already know, signifies a secret.