Dreams tell us many an unpleasant biological truth about ourselves and only very free minds can thrive on such a diet. Self-deception is a plant which withers fast in the pellucid atmosphere of dream investigation.
dream Psychology: Psychoanalysis For Beginnersby sigmund Freud
The ideas so far produced are insufficient for the interpretation of the dream.
The day thought, which was no wish in itself but rather a worry, had in some way to find a connection with the infantile now unconscious and suppressed wish, which then allowed it, though already properly prepared, to “originate” for consciousness.
Dreams may be thus stated: They are concealed realizations of repressed desires.
The same diversity in their ways of formation and the same rules for its solution hold good also for the innumerable medley of dream contents, examples of which I need scarcely adduce. Their strangeness quite disappears when we resolve not to place them on a level with the objects of perception as known to us when awake, but to remember that they represent the art of dream condensation by an exclusion of unnecessary detail.
If we subject the content of the dream to analysis, we become aware that the dream fear is no more justified by the dream content than the fear in a phobia is justified by the idea upon which the phobia depends.
The dream is a sort of substitution for those emotional and intellectual trains of thought.
Freud said to Putnam: “We are what we are because we have been what we have been.”
Dream disfigurement, then, turns out in reality to be an act of the censor.
The dream is the (disguised) fulfillment of a (suppressed, repressed) wish.