Basic Psychoanalytic Concepts on the Theory of Dreams by Humberto Nagera

By Humberto Nagera

It is mostly authorised that between Freud’s many contributions to the knowledge of the conventional and irregular facets of psychological functioning, The Interpretation of Dreams stands on my own and specially others. during this paintings released in 1900 Freud laid down the principles of psychoanalytic concept because it used to be to increase all through this century. This paintings not just unravelled the importance of the method of dreaming and allowed for the clinical figuring out of the real that means and nature of the mysterious global of desires, yet created the foundation for a normal conception of character in a position to encompassing inside of a unmarried version either the traditional and irregular point of psychological functioning.

Originally released in 1969 Dr Nagera and his collaborators (all analytically educated) from the Hampstead baby treatment sanatorium and direction (now the Anna Freud Centre) remoted from Freud’s paintings twenty-five simple techniques that they thought of not just the cornerstones of Freud’s conception of goals yet primary pillars for the certainty of psychoanalytic thought usually. They comprise matters akin to dream assets, dream paintings, dream censorship, take place content material, latent content material, condensation, displacement, symbolism, secondary revision and dream interpretation. they're provided in a condensed and focused demeanour containing all major statements made by way of Freud at any element in his existence as regards to goals, in addition to tracing the old improvement of his principles anywhere major. References to the assets are given in all circumstances for the information of the scholar of psychoanalysis, the psychiatrist, the social employee, the psychologist or the scholarly minded reader.

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P. 556 f. '"1 IN DREAMS content of the dream. We since it no longer exists. 2 ‘In some dreams the affect does at least remain in contact with the ideational material which has replaced that to which the affect was originally attached. In others, the dissolution of the complex has gone further. ’3 ‘Just as ideas of things can make their appearance in dreams turned into their opposite, so too can the affects attaching to dreamthoughts; and it seems likely that this reversal of affect is brought about as a rule by the dream-censorship..

Vol. 5, p. 546. , Vol. 4, p. 237. , p. 228 and p. 234 f. ’1 All these components of the latent dream content combine in the dream: ‘the dream-work is under the necessity of combining into a unity all instigations to dreaming which are active simultaneously.. . Thus a dream appears to be a reaction to everything that is simul­ taneously present in the sleeping mind as currently active material. So far as we have hitherto analysed the material of dreams, we have seen it as a collection of psychical residues and memorytraces, to which (on account of the preference shown for recent and infantile material) we have been led to attribute a hitherto indefinable quality of being “ currently active” .

Vol. 12, p. 274. , Vol. 5, p. 593. 2 Freud made it clear that the ‘latent dream-thoughts’ must be distinguished from the ‘manifest content of the dream’. He said: ‘. . the latent dream-thoughts are not conscious before an analysis has been carried out, whereas the manifest content of the dream is consciously remembered . ’3 Topographically speaking the latent dream-thoughts belong to the system preconscious: ‘. . 4 In short the latent dream-thoughts are descriptively unconscious and in the topographical sense are ascribed to the preconscious.

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