The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud

The Interpretation of Dreams

Freud's discovery that the dream is the means by which the unconscious can be explored is undoubtedly the most revolutionary step forward in the entire history of psychology. Dreams, according to his theory, represent the hidden fulfillment of our unconscious wishes.

Details The Interpretation of Dreams

TitleThe Interpretation of Dreams
Release DateSep 15th, 1994
PublisherBarnes & Noble
GenrePsychology, Nonfiction, Philosophy, Classics, Science

Reviews The Interpretation of Dreams

  • Alok Mishra
    I have read various editions of various books claiming to interpret the dreams we see while we are unconscious or subconscious. However, the book by Freud is different. Being a psychologist and a famous one, his interpretations are mostly based on popular beliefs, culture and analysis. In the Indian context, much of it cannot be exemplified. Still, the book is fine and noteworthy even today.
  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    Die Traumdeutung = The Interpretation of Dreams, Sigmund Freud The Interpretation of Dreams (German: Die Traumdeutung) is an 1899 book by the psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud, in which the author introduces his theory of the unconscious with respect to dream interpretation, and discusses what would later become the theory of the Oedipus complex. Freud revised the book at least eight times and, in the third edition, added an extensive section which tre...
  • Glenn Russell
    I enjoyed reading Freud’s book. When he speaks about dreams and their interpretation, I am reminded of a microfiction I had published years ago where the editor told me it was the weirdest story he has ever read and that a Freudian psychoanalyst would have a field day interpreting. Here it is below. If anyone would care to offer an interpretation according to Freud or any other school of psychoanalysis, I'm sure you could have some fun. The Roo...
  • Trevor
    This was a much more interesting book than I thought it might be. The nature of dreams is something that is hard not to find fascinating. The thing is that we spend quite a bit of time dreaming – not the third of our lives we spend sleeping, but enough time to make us wonder why we dream at all. It seems incomprehensible that our dreams would be completely meaningless. But then, they can be so bizarre it is hard to know just what they might mea...
  • Warwick
    I dreamt that I had written a huge modern rewrite of Moby-Dick, except instead of a whale they were hunting a badger. It was full of gothic scenes of Ahab staring moodily into some light woodland, reminiscing about how the white beast had bitten his foot once, and how he would ultimately ‘earth the hated brock in his dank and stinking sett, and finish him utterly’. Instead of the Pequod, Ahab and the narrator cycled through the forest on a ta...
  • Rebecca McNutt
    Is it just me, or was ol' Mr. Freud the biggest perv in the world of psychology? Don't get me wrong, this is an interesting read from a historical perspective, but it's so difficult to take seriously! It's also very dated and seems to follow the average family of the time, without taking into account anyone who doesn't fit into what was "proper" back then.
  • Owlseyes inside Notre Dame, it's so strange a 15-hour blaze and...
    A major book (of 1900) as one of the possible approaches to the world of dreams. Freud starts with Aristotle (and the demoniac view); then, the (biblical) approach viewing dreams as "Divine inspiration". Next, he proceeds with a very exhaustive sample of dreams of his own, of historical characters (Napoleon I, Xerxes....) or from his patients (or friends) to illustrate/prove his point: dreams are the fulfillment of (unconscious) desires. Though ...
  • Dimitri
    Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud is filled with Freud’s theories about the connections between dreams and real life that he has discovered through his research. Freud covers everything from the content within dreams to the strategies needed to interpret them, as well as diving in to the finer aspects such as memory in dreams and connections to everyday life. Freud often quotes the extensive research that has already been done in the fi...
  • Alexia
    Written with scientific denseness, but lacks scientific rigor or clarity. Can be tedious, vague and confusing. Freud will say he's going to do something (like not use personal examples) only to forget he said that and do it anyway. Or he'll acknowledge the flaw with his approach and then do nothing to correct it (which is better than not admitting it, I guess). For example, he uses his patients, "neurotics", for analysis and comments on how how t...
  • Jana
    This was one of those books I tried to read on my own back as a young college student. It wasn't a part of any coursework, so I didn't have anyone to help tie it to larger ideas. If I remember, I think I ended up making my own wacky meaning out of it... which was some sort of Jungian collective UNCS thing or another. But then I re-read it in grad school in the context of Freud's other work and it began to make a bit more sense. I liked his hypoth...
  • SmarterLilac
    This is one of the books that helped me understand Freud's genius, as well as the value of psychoanalysis. It hurts me so that fewer and fewer people want to understand or appreciate Freud. Yes, I realize that the Freudian perspective, especially on things like dream interpretation, has limited value in non-Western cultures, and that for some, dream interpretation itself may not be the most insightful way to understand the subconscious.Still--com...
  • Amit Mishra
    Freud's treatment of unconsciousness and subconsciousness mind is really different and opens up a long way to explore something new in this field. His ideas provided a fresh new world to explore the opportunity. Before his writings, the unconsciousness mind was just an image that can not be explained by any scientific explanation.
  • Nicholas Spies
    Whatever you think of Sigmund Freud's theories, you have to admit that (at least in English translation) he is a very good and persuasive writer. That he was a very important influence on the history of the 20th century is an understatement, particularly since his nephew, Edward Bernays, is known as the Inventor of Advertising.Bernays essentially created the consumer culture that has dominated the US and much of the Western world for the last 80 ...
  • Schaza Askar
    The Interpretation of Dreams stands as a unique and classic work in the history of psychology. Originally published in German under the title ''Die Traumdeutung'' in November of 1899,the book outlines Freud’s belief that dreams are highly symbolic, containing both overt meanings (manifest content) as well as underlying, unconscious thoughts (latent content). Dreams, he suggested, are our unconscious wishes, especially sexual ones, in disguise.F...
  • Nikolaus Geromont
    The Interpretation of Dream (in this case the eighth and last edition published in 1930), a theory on the possible meaning and construction of dreams written by Sigmund Freud early in 1899, is the first psychological/philosophical book I've read, and it is most definitely the most difficult book I've ever come across in my life... so difficult, in fact, that the author even states that he doesn't expect his readers to understand his theories, and...
  • Shyam
    Imagine I have a picture-puzzle (a rebus) in front of me: a house with a boat on the roof, then a single letter, then a running figure with an apostrophe for a head, and so on. I could drop into a critical stance and say that such a combination and its components are nonsense. A boar does not belong on the roof of a house, and a person without a head cannot run; also, the person is bigger than the house, and if the whole thing is intended to repr...
  • Phillip
    while freud certainly broke open the egg of the unconscious for all to marvel, it's probably a cliche these days to say that these early interpretations of various dream states are rather clumsy. nonetheless, that's how i see them. what freud failed to realize is that the author of the dream alone is the one that holds the key to meaning, and that outside sources, while being able to guide the subject to discover their own readings, can never off...
  • Emma Getz
    hey buddy not everything is about sex
  • Jack
    I have a fascination with psychoanalysis that borders on tragic romance. As a disaffected teenager, I turned to Wikipedia for the answers to my feelings of alienation, social and existential (though I was never friendless and my anxiety on-being-alive was a space to comfortably brood more so than a pressing inquiry). I learnt about the DSM and Myers-Briggs tests. My passionate madness was revealed by the former, my misunderstood genius acknowledg...
  • Don
    Even if many of his theories have been surpassed or discredited by modern psychology, no one can diminish Freud's massive influence on Western culture and literature. Whether are not any of his theories are true or not is besides the point. With this in mind, I decided to read The Interpretation of Dreams in order to experience Freud's work directly. While there were many interesting elements in his work, overall I found it nearly impossible to r...
  • James Hartley
    Not going to go into the details here except to say that this book is far more readable than you might think and so, if youre wondering about having a go at it, dont be put off by the weight of history and Freuds reputation. What you find between the covers might well put you off, though, as Freuds well-argued, if necessarily bitty and selective thesis, hasnt aged well. Read as a historical piece, though, this is interesting stuff - and reading a...
  • Kolagani Paramahamsa
    This one took me more time than any other book, notwithstanding the fact it is not one of the large books I have read; took me around 4 months reading only a couple of books in the meantime. Yet, this was one of those books where I wanted to read very slowly in the end, just to extend my time with the book.Written in archaic language, complicated sentence formation with intense content in each and every one. This is more close to a scientific pub...
  • Adam
    There is an asinine pastime of bloating one’s self-importance by “proving” that Freud was wrong about something. Such disputation regresses behind what it flatters itself as surpassing and rancorously promulgates nothing but its own failure to comprehend the subject matter. Don’t fall for it. All fetishistic factmongering aside, any page of Freud is sufficient to establish that he was and remains incomparably brilliant. The depth and rang...
  • Kyle van Oosterum
    You know, when reading Freud I find I'm slightly on edge. I'm always thinking that I should approach what he says with many a grain of salt, but this book is proof that he wasn't always wrong. The method of interpreting dreams that Freud advances is not at all concerned with looking at symbols behind dreams, but instead, it is concerned with making sense of the apparatuses of the soul. He believes that dreams are manifestations of the unconscious...
  • Josh Friedlander
    A century of vituperative backlash - probably peaking in the 80s with charges that Freud ignored his patients' recovered memories of sexual abuse - doesn't take away from the brilliance of this bold, paradigmatic thinker, or from the fascination he continues to wield even as old-fashioned psychoanalysis continues to lose ground to neurobiology. Contemporary Big Data methods might be more helpful for his project of assigning symbolic meanings to d...
  • Whitspren
    Interesting. Less dry than I expected, and I enjoyed the seeing more of Freud's personal side in his anecdotes and dreams.
  • Erik Graff
    My serious study of Freud began during the summer of Watergate, when Martin and I were taking care of my little brother Fin at the family cottage in SW Michigan. The Interpretation of Dreams, his most famous work, was disappointing in that there was, with one exception, nothing new to it--so far had his influence extended in popular culture. The exception was his early chapter on the history of dream theory. Later, in 1983, this book was assigned...
  • Rodrigo
    It's a joke. A bad one. The man should have been beaten to death with a copy of Euclid's "Elements" the moment this crap hit the shelves. This is basic logic we are talking about. Thank god no one takes psychoanalysis seriously anymore.