The Interpretation of Dreams

by Sigmund Freud

In Brief

Sigmund Freud argues that although dreams have been interpreted for millennia they have never been properly understood, their very purpose being to evade understanding. Their distorted reproductions from memory represent the ongoing war between conscious and unconscious forces which characterises his vision of the mind.

Why you should read it

Emerging from his first years as a practising analyst, The Interpretation of Dreams lays out every major principle of Freud’s influential model of human thought. Examining the nightly visions of his patients alongside the grander dreams of art, religion and mythology, he traces their shared images back to the unconscious mind, drawing some radical conclusions about its true nature on the way. A wide-ranging meditation on human thought, it contains both the best and worst of one of the 20th century’s most controversial icons.

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