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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (17,314 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sigmund Freud, Jonathan Reese Narrator: Jonathan Reese Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2009 ISBN: 9781400179114
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In this groundbreaking work, Sigmund Freud explores why we dream, what we dream about, and what dreams really mean.

Between 1915 and 1917, Sigmund Freud delivered a series of well-received lectures at the University of Vienna on his theories of psychoanalysis. Nine of them focused on Freud’s theories about dreams—what they are and what they mean. The content of these lectures are presented in Dreams.

Freud covered a lot of ground in his lectures, focusing first on the general difficulties involved in studying dreams, then on the many aspects of dream interpretation, specific symbols and examples of dreams, and the dream as a wish-fulfillment. Finally, he addresses the doubts and criticisms commonly expressed about his theories.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrew | 2/6/2014

    " Some of his ideas seem to miss the mark. But he deserves tremendous credit for paving the way for psychological analysis of the unconscious during sleep. He believed mainly in wish-fulfillment as the sole and only purpose of dreams, however I personally believe it to be only a fraction of the true meaning of dreams. Great read for anyone interested in Psych. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gwennie | 2/4/2014

    " nice insight on freudiuan psychotherapy "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bryan | 1/24/2014

    " Read maybe 25% of this book before I wanted to shoot myself in the head. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jeff Kesner | 1/8/2014

    " While I don't believe in his theories generally, I picked a copy for $6 at Indigo; I do believe *some* people are influencing their dreams in this manner and read it from a purely academic/philosophical perspective. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Steven Savona | 1/6/2014

    " I read this as an 18 year-old. That was a huge mistake. Pretty much everything went over my head. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Luke Penkett | 1/2/2014

    " Goodness, this takes me back! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jackie | 12/20/2013

    " While reading this for a class, and not enjoying it, I had a dream in which the professor told us, "No, no! I didn't assign the whole BOOK! You only have to read the first ten pages!" Yes. I had a wish fulfillment dream about the book about wish fulfillment dreams. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nikki Junker | 11/23/2013

    " Terrible. I am not a fan of Freud. His egotistic nature comes right through in his writing and I cannot help but think he is something of a pervert. Will not be reading anymore of his work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandra | 10/28/2013

    " Inaugurated the theory of Freudian dream analysis, which activity Freud famously described as "the royal road to the understanding of unconscious mental processes". "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ian Wold | 8/17/2012

    " This book is intersting considering it is one of the first of its kind. I know people disscussed dream interpretation but Freud's publication was groundbreaking. I have not finished it because it is not nearly as interesting as any of his other works. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heribertus P | 11/7/2011

    " pernah baca versi indonesianya, bagus banget buku ini, walaupun masih agak pseudo, tapi 2 jempol buat Mr Freud.. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Siya Nxumalo | 5/4/2011

    " Freud claims every dream has a sexual meaning... That's what learnt from this book... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diana | 6/1/2010

    " Not an easy read but interesting "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rob Hermanowski | 3/15/2010

    " A really well-written, fairly short book that should be read by anyone with an interest in psychology, regardless of their thoughts about Freud. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Milana Draughn | 12/4/2009

    " It was fun to read when I was 18. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lilit Hayrapetyan | 12/6/2007

    " Dreams are often most profound when they seem the most crazy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela | 8/1/2006

    " An astonishing world of our dreams...It's incredible how our minds work...Of course, Freud has his specific interpretation..but, hey...this is a world we can't control...we can just simply obey it.. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alexis | 6/4/2006

    " Unlike 99% of people who say they know this book, I have read it cover to cover. For those who say how preposterous Freud is they should actually sit down with his writings. What he says is far more lucid than the watered down garbage you've been told is Freud. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Crystal | 6/3/2006

    " I have to admit that reading this at times puts me to sleep... But it is interesting to come back to Freud from a post-Freudian perspective, and see how bold he was. We are doing a unit on the psychology of dreams with my 10th graders. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paula Saraceno | 4/2/2006

    " A must read for understanding Freud. "

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About the Author
Author Sigmund Freud

Sigmund Freud (1856–1939) was an Austrian psychiatrist who founded the psychoanalytic school of psychology. Freud is best known for his theories of the unconscious mind and the defense mechanism of repression and for creating the clinical practice of psychoanalysis for curing psychopathology through dialogue between a patient and a psychoanalyst.

About the Narrator

Jonathan Reese (d. 1999) was trained from an early age in music and theater. Of his many credits he was proudest of being a founding member of Berkeley’s Straw Hat review. Formidably intelligent, deeply sympathetic, and highly sensitive to his material, he was perfectly suited for literary narration. His many audiobooks include The Executioner’s Song by Norman Mailer, Just as I Am by Billy Graham, Travels in Alaska by John Muir, and Without a Hero by T. Coraghessan Boyle. A native Californian, Reese died in San Francisco in 1999.