Posts filed under ‘Psychodynamic’

Dreams part 2: More theories.

So we’ve explored, debatably, the most ‘out there’ theory regarding dreams. The main problem with Freud’s theory is that there is little evidence to support his ideas. It is very difficult to study dreams because there is no way to measure them; a researcher cannot watch a person’s dream and then compare it to their unconscious desires. Why? Well the mind is merely a concept, and therefore cannot be ‘accessed’ as such. Therefore, as mentioned, there is little support for his theory. On the bright side, at least for Freud, this means his theory cannot be discounted, as there is no proof against the theory either.

So what other theories are there? I am going to describe four more theories: the re-organisational theory, the activation synthesis model and theories put forward by Carl Jung, Fredrick Perls and Alfred Adler. So let’s take a look at the theories.

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Continue Reading August 27, 2010 at 12:30 am 4 comments

Dreams part 1: Sigmund Freud’s theory and dream interpretation.

In an earlier post about sleep, I promised this post would not be far behind. From the moment we enter REM, we are launched into a world of the unimaginable. We can dream of practically anything, and nothing is impossible. You can go on that dream date with Mr./Mrs. Right, or climb the career ladder of your choice. Dreams are often much more obscure, and you find yourself mugging someone’s Grandma whilst your front teeth are falling out. We sometimes have dreams so vivid, we struggle to distinguish between reality and fantasy. A few unfortunate beings find themselves unable to control their own movements during sleep due to dreaming – these people are known as sleepwalkers. So what is the advantage of our fictional adventures during sleep? It would seem logical that they must occur as a result of something, otherwise they would be pointless. Of course, this is not the case. This post explores one theory of sleep, and provides examples of interpretations of common dreams.

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Continue Reading April 7, 2010 at 4:00 pm 25 comments


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