Sigmund Freud Considered the father of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud (1856-1939) analyze dreams in order to understand aspects of ones personality. His studies revolutionized the study of dreams that he published in "The Interpretation Of Dreams". He believed that nothing we did occurred by chance; every action and thought is motivated by our unconscious. He believed to live in a complex society that we tend to hold back urges and repress impulses that must be released or they will come to the surface in disguised forms. He felt dreams were one way this occurred. Dreams in his estimation were symbolic in nature and had a direct connection to our unconscious and is centered around pleasure, desire, unchecked urges and wishes desiring to be fulfilled During our waking hours, the desires are suppressed by the superego, which acts as a censor. The superego enforces the moral codes for the ego and blocks unacceptable impulses. Because your guard is down during the dream state, your unconscious has the opportunity to act out and express the hidden desires. Freudian Dream Tools: Freud classified the images into the following five processes: 1. Displacement - the desire for one thing or person is symbolized by something or someone else. 2. Projection or substitution - the dreamer projects their own desires and wants onto another person. 3. Symbolization- when your repressed urges or suppressed desired or acted out metaphorically. 4. Condensation- the dreamer hides their feelings or urges by reducing or underplaying it into a brief dream image or event. 5. Rationalization- the final stage where the dreaming mind organizes an incoherent dream into one that is more comprehensible and logical Freud was particularly preoccupied with sexual content in dreams. Sex was found to be the root cause of what was happening in our dreams.