The Interpretation of Dreams | Study Guide

Sigmund Freud

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ambivalent: (adj) possessed of two strong opposite feelings, such as love and hate, or pride and shame, or affection and scorn

dream-content: (n) the dream as experienced by the dreamer; the story and images of the dream, in sequence. The dream-content is also called the manifest content.

dream-day: (n) the day immediately preceding a dream. The manifest, surface content of a dream always has a connection to an event or events of the dream-day.

day's residues: (n) the events, memories, and projects left over from the day, which find their way into the night's dreams

dream-thoughts: (n) unconscious thoughts revealed by dream interpretation; also called the latent content

dream-work: (n) processes by which unconscious dream-thoughts are distorted and transformed into the dream-content

hypermnesic dream: (n) a dream that displays a heightened power of memory, beyond the memory ability of waking life

latent: (adj) describes a hidden or unknown layer of meaning, as opposed to the surface or obvious layer of meaning, described as manifest

libido: (n) the primary sexual energy of the human psyche

manifest: (adj) describes the visible, obvious, or surface layer of meaning as opposed to the latent or hidden layer of meaning

neurosis: (n) mental illness in which repressed, unconscious wishes seek expression

overinterpret: (v) to interpret again or add a new layer of meaning after the initial interpretation

preconscious: (n) censor or psychic agency that rejects unconscious thoughts and denies them access to consciousness

psychosis: (n) mental illness in which unconscious wishes are fulfilled in conscious hallucinations

psychic, psychical: (adj) concerning mental events

regression: (n) reverse movement of psychic energy in Freud's model of the mind. Freud speculated psychic energy usually moved from sensory perception toward conscious thought, but in dreams, the energy moves from thoughts to sensory perception.

repression: (n) process by which unconscious thoughts are rejected by the preconscious and denied access to consciousness

unconscious: (n) greater and more primitive part of the mind

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