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The Interpretation of Dreams(German:Die Traumdeutung) is an 1899 book bySigmund Freud, the founder ofpsychoanalysis, in which the author introduces his theory of theunconsciouswith respect todream interpretation, and discusses what would later become the theory of theOedipus complex. Freud revised the book at least eight times and, in the third edition, added an extensive section which treated dream symbolism very literally, following the influence ofWilhelm Stekel. Freud said of this work, “Insight such as this falls to one’s lot but once in a lifetime.”
Dreams, in Freud’s view, are formed as the result of two mental processes. The first process involves unconscious forces that construct a wish that is expressed by the dream, and the second is the process of censorship that forcibly distorts the expression of the wish. In Freud’s view…
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