In his writings and findings about dreams that he discusses in his book The Interpretation of Dreams, Freud analyzes his own dreams as examples to proves his of the psychology of dreams. He makes a distinction between the surface level or “manifest” dream content and the unconscious or “latent” dream thoughts expressed through the special language of dreams. He poses the idea that all dreams represent the fulfillment of wishes and on the part of the dreamer and maintains that even dreams about anxiety and nightmares are expressions of unconscious desires. Freud goes on to explain that the censorship in dreams causes a distortion of the dream content and that through the process of analyses the details that seems trivial and unimportant can be shown to express a coherent set of ideas. Freud proposes that the ultimate value of dream analyses may lie in the revealing the hidden workings of the unconscious mind.
Taking what Freud has to say about dreams and the meanings that they hold in the dreamer’s subconscious mind, we can assume that when we have the most bizarre of dreams and wake up thinking My mind must be on ten levels of crazy to come up with that dream, our subconscious is telling us, or showing us, something that we wouldn’t have let ourselves perceive while awake. If someone has a nightmare about being chased around by a giant spider then that dream can either mean (in my own personal perception) that, obviously, the dreamer is deathly terrified of spiders and being anywhere near them or two, that the dreamer has a wish for adventure and thrill and the want to overcome their fear of spiders.
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