Study Guide

The Interpretation of Dreams Chapter 1, Section E

By Sigmund Freud

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Chapter 1, Section E

The Distinguishing Psychological Characteristics of Dreams

  • In this section, Freud asks whether the sleeping mind works differently from the waking mind, and he looks to see how other thinkers have answered this question.
  • Like some of the other thinkers he turns to, Freud is of the opinion that dreams "think predominantly in visual images" (1.6.6). He doesn't elaborate this point, but plans to return to it later.
  • Another key point for Freud is the way that "association"works in dreams. He wants to know what others have said about the way the mind brings images, memories, and thoughts together in dreams.

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