It is generally accepted that among Freud’s many contributions to the understanding of the normal and abnormal aspects of mental functioning, The Interpretation of Dreams stands alone and above all others. In this work published in 1900 Freud laid down the foundations of psychoanalytic theory as it was to develop throughout this century. This work not only unravelled the significance of the process of dreaming and allowed for the scientific understanding of the true meaning and nature of the mysterious world of dreams, but created the basis for a general theory of personality capable of encompassing within a single model both the normal and abnormal aspect of mental functioning.
Originally published in 1969 Dr Nagera and his collaborators (all analytically trained) from the Hampstead Child Therapy Clinic and Course (now the Anna Freud Centre) isolated from Freud’s work twenty-five basic concepts that they considered not only the cornerstones of Freud’s theory of dreams but fundamental pillars for the understanding of psychoanalytic theory generally. They include subjects such as dream sources, dream work, dream censorship, manifest content, latent content, condensation, displacement, symbolism, secondary revision and dream interpretation. They are presented in a condensed and concentrated manner containing all significant statements made by Freud at any point in his life on the subject of dreams, as well as tracing the historical development of his ideas wherever significant. References to the sources are given in all instances for the guidance of the student of psychoanalysis, the psychiatrist, the social worker, the psychologist or the scholarly minded reader.
Acknowledgements. Foreword. Introduction. 1. The Concept of Dreams (Definition of Dreams) 2. Dream Sources (Dream Instigators) 3. The Dream-Wish 4. Other Wishes in Dreams and Dreaming 5. Note of Freud’s Use of the Terms ‘Latent Dream Content’ and ‘Latent Dream Thoughts’ 6. Latent Dream-Content 7. Latent Dream-Thoughts 8. Day’s Residues 9. Affects in Dreams 10. The Use of Memories in Dreams 11. Dream-Fantasies 12. Manifest Content 13. Dream-Censorship 14. Dream-Work 15. Distortion in Dreams 16. Considerations of Representability (Plastic Representation) 17. Regression in Dreams 18. Condensation in Dreams 19. Displacement in Dreams 20. Secondary Revision 21. Symbolism 22. The Remembering and Forgetting of Dreams 23. Apparent Failures of the Wish-Fulfilling Function of Dreams: Punishment Dreams, Counter-Wish Dreams, Anxiety Dreams, Dreams in the Traumatic Neuroses 24. Dream Interpretation 25. Day-Dreams (Fantasies) and Dreams. Index.