The Interpretation of Dreams

The Problem of Emotions in Dreaming
  • Helen Block Lewis
Part of the Emotions, Personality, and Psychotherapy book series (EPPS)


Freud’s main point about dreams was expressed in the title of his book: Dreams can be interpreted in a way that makes emotional sense even though they may appear to be meaningless and to be about trivial events. Nowhere in Freud’s work, however, is the contradiction between his insights about the power of emotions and his theoretical neglect of them clearer than in his work on dreams. As Richard Jones (1974) points out, there are, for example, really two distinct books in Freud’s The Interpretation of Dreams (1900). One book, in six chapters, is about the interpretation of dreams into their emotional content. The last chapter (Chapter 7) of The Interpretation of Dreams is another book on the theory of dreams, in which emotions are hardly mentioned.


Free Association Dream Content Manifest Content Neurotic Symptom Symbolic Transformation 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1983

Authors and Affiliations

  • Helen Block Lewis
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  1. 1.Yale UniversityNew HavenUSA

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