DREAMS AND DREAM SYMBOL During sleep, the unconscious is free to express itself, and it does so in our dreams. However, even in our dreams there is some censorship, some protection against frightening insights into our repressed experiences and emotions and that protection takes the form of dream distortion. Dream displacement occurs whenever we use a “safe” person, event, or object as a “stand in” to represent a more ‐ threatening person, event, or object. Condensation occurs during a dream when ever we use a single ‐ dream image or event to represent more than one uncon scious wound or confict. ‐ In interpreting our dreams then, our goal is to recall the manifest content and try to uncover the latent content. However, we must remember that, at this conscious stage as well, we’re very liable to unconsciously change the dream in order to further pro tect ourselves from knowing what is too painful ‐ to know Certain general principles of dream interpretation tend to apply in most cases, and they are as follows.
- Summer '19
- Psychology, Unconscious mind