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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sigmund Freud Narrator: Michael Page Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2011 ISBN: 9781452671284
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What are the most common dreams, and why do we have them? What does a dream about death mean? What do dreams of swimming, failing, or flying symbolize?

First published by Sigmund Freud in 1899, The Interpretation of Dreams considers why we dream and what it means in the larger picture of our psychological lives. Delving into theories of manifest and latent dream content, the special language of dreams, dreams as wish fulfillment, the significance of childhood experiences, and much more, Freud, widely considered the “father of psychoanalysis,” thoroughly and thoughtfully examines dream psychology.

Encompassing dozens of case histories and detailed analyses of actual dreams, this landmark text presents Freud’s legendary work as a tool for comprehending our sleeping experiences.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Blue Caeruleus | 2/18/2014

    " This book was very difficult to understand, (partly because the passages in Latin, Greek, and French are not translated for some reason)and I think I'll have to give it a second reading some day in order to really get the most out of having read it. Maybe after I've read some of Freud's other writings. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nikki Junker | 2/14/2014

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diana | 2/12/2014

    " Not an easy read but interesting "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 M. | 2/7/2014

    " This gives you a fascinating look into one of the first theories of the dreamworld offered by any thinker in Western culture. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kate | 2/6/2014

    " I don't know why I bought this book - I was very young (middle school). I did try to read it, though, and didn't get very far. Even when I was studying psychology in college, I never had the urge to pick up this book again. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 austin | 1/27/2014

    " Interpretation of Dreams is a great primer for those interested in Moravian Sigmund Freud. Unfortunately, with such complex psychological theories described in his native German tongue, Freud's original epic can seem too long and difficult to understand. Interpretation of Dreams offers a much more concise, much more intelligible account of the observations that would become the benchmark for dream theory. Still, the material is incredibly complicated, particulary the theories in Chapter 7 regarding a psychological mechanism he calls condensation ... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Morteza | 1/27/2014

    " To have a real view to dreams. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Giovanna | 1/22/2014

    " Lettura non certo facile ma veramente interessante che mi fa desiderare di leggere le altre opere del maestro. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Leigh | 1/22/2014

    " This weighty book will mostly likely only hold the attention of people who are very interested in Psychoanalysis. The first few chapters are interesting & give you a good understanding of how Psychoanalysis views our dreams (where they come from & what they mean). It introduces a lot of concepts that become very important to the school. But the book drags on around the second half of chapter 6. You won't find any concrete dream interpretations. Also, any who doesn't subscribe to Freud's view of Psychology will find it a difficulty book to enjoy. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Brittney Mullins-farmer | 1/16/2014

    " Was looking for an explanation of general dreams not a long complicated process of dreams that to a normal person would not make any sense. Not worth reading unless you are doing some research paper. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Morteza | 1/10/2014

    " To have a real view to dreams. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tom | 12/18/2013

    " I remain unconvinced on his theory that every dream is a wish fulfillment. I thought his "evidence" weak and fabricated. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megh | 12/4/2013

    " Found in a used bookstore in Amsterdam "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Raelene | 12/2/2013

    " As a scientific theory, The Interpretation of Dreams is highly suspect. But as a theory of ideas, an approach to something heretefore complete unapproachable, Freud's methods are strikingly brilliant. And if we substitute the "dream" for the "narrative" or the "poem," it becomes remarkably apparent that Freud is creating a poetics of the subconscious - a bold, and brave, move indeed. The theory is, of course, not without its flaws, and yet insightful and at times remarkably beautiful in spite of them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 11/13/2013

    " So, this is the book responsible for the switch of my college major from Music Ed to psychology and my fascination with dreams. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jabrane Adiri | 11/6/2013

    " This Book made me wider angles of things. The dreams don't scare me anymore; I started make my life better from dreams. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joseph | 10/24/2013

    " now i understand why the Germans love him so much "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alexis | 10/15/2013

    " 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. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Steven Savona | 9/23/2013

    " 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 Michele | 9/15/2013

    " Skip the opening chapter on dream research and enjoy one of the most important and amazing books ever. This book messed me up. After I read it I realized how much being awake was like dreaming, and that in a sense I was walking around in a dream constructed by my unconscious. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jay Ginsburg | 9/5/2013

    " I read this as a HS student, and we felt so superior: we had read Freud and could talk about the hidden meaning of things! In that way, our world had changed as the greater world was changed by the advent of 'interpretation.' "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tori Fry | 2/26/2013

    " Although I don't believe a word he says I do find his points interesting. Not to mention he was a valuable person in psychology. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chanel Thyson | 2/16/2013

    " At one point in my life, I wondered plenty about what happens in my dreams, and why I dreamed the way I did. This book helped in summarizing my dreams on a more psychosomatic level. Interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristen | 12/7/2012

    " Sometime in my early library roamings I picked up a Freud book. I'm pretty sure this is what I read. I also read some other dream books that were fascinating to me. Can't remember what they were, though, for sure. I'll keep thinking. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catherine Woodman | 12/2/2012

    " This is maybe my favorite. I first read this in a college course, and found his body of work to be eye opening and thought provoking--although not all that easy to read--I would never have guessed that I would go on to be a psychiatrist, but he rocked my world "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paula Saraceno | 10/22/2012

    " A must read for understanding Freud. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jim | 10/17/2012

    " Some books are read for entertainment and you breeze right through them. Others are read to get an understanding of the author and its a struggle to get all the way through. I'm happy to have read this once. I'm sure I'll never touch it again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beverly | 8/19/2012

    " Sigmund Freud was a crazy man, but I liked this book. It reads like a personal journal and I've noticed the Freud thought really highly of himself. Whenever someone disagreed with him, he would refuse to talk to them and blame everything bad on them. He was weird, but okay. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Travis Brown | 7/15/2012

    " It's all about wish fulfillment. Some heavy stuff here about mothers and violence amongst other things. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tajma | 1/28/2012

    " I use this more as a reference manual. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kumar Tushar | 1/18/2012

    " Read it after the Ego and the Id. Necessary in order to grasp what Freud proposes to be the way the psyche functions and what we take to be as real. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cathy | 4/25/2011

    " the most interesting thing about this or any of freud's work is realizing where so much of our cultural understanding of behavior came from (e.g., being anal retentive or blaming the mother for all behavior). Just keep in mind that while interesting, research fails to support most of his theories. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Blakely | 4/9/2011

    " Like most of Freud--the interest does not lie where he thought it did. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rayna | 2/28/2011

    " I did not care for this book, and I even work in the field of psychology! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Hannah | 10/9/2010

    " I only gave it two stars because I find his analyses amusingly ridiculous. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Derek Baldwin | 11/20/2009

    " Difficult to wade through end-to-end, better browsed in chunks. Lots of this should be taken with a healthy pinch of salt, as Siggy was just that tiny bit over-obsessed with matters genital and tended to project that onto his "subjects". Some of the accounts are utterly fascinating. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rob Hermanowski | 2/16/2008

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mateusz | 3/17/2007

    " Just damn interesting! Even if you pick it up and read bits of it in the toilet "

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