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Freud; The Interpretation of Dreams
The Interpretation of Dreams
is probably Freud's most well-known work, in which he propounds the infamous theory of the Oedipus Complex and the theory that all dreams are wish-fulfillment. Beginning with an assessment of previous theories of dreams, Freud then moves on to elaborate his own method of dream analysis and the idea that all dreams are wish-fulfillment after which he discusses the issues that would arise from such a claim, and the explanations that can be given by way of dream-distortion, displacement and condensation.
I found The Interpretation of Dreams fairly easy reading - I can't say I agree with everything Freud wrote (who does?), but his argument is easy to understand and the language lucid and precise. The frequent exposition of dreams throughout the work helps keep things clear and is fascinating in itself. The last 50 or so pages are slightly more technical than those preceding, but they're still not taxing to understand.
The influence of this book is almost impossible to overstate - outside of psychology it has affected how we look at art, music, myth, literature, ourselves, and others. Even folk-psychology has been affected by The Interpretation of Dreams. I would recommend reading this to anyone interested in studying any of the above listed topics.
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