What is Dream Analysis Pt2
In condensation, two or more images may be combined, the composite being invested with dual
energy and meaning. A person may dream of an otherwise strange houseÂ containing his/her own bedroom, for example, or of a parent dressed in police Â uniform. Displacement involves a manifest image standing in or acting as a decoy for a latent image. Hence, a young child angry at mother, but reluctant to admit or express this for fear of punishment, may dream of teddy (rather than herself) biting mother, or of throwing the teddy (rather than mother) out of the window. Displacement relates closely to the theme of symbolism. Freud believed dreams to be replete, especially, in phallic symbols, such as pistons, pencils and watering cans; and in symbols of female genitalia, in the guise of tunnels,
doorways, boxes and caves. he sexual act may also be symbolised in the dreamwork by any rhythmical, repetitive movement, such as climbing stairs or ladders.
Two additional processes may also be involved in the dreamwork. In dramatisation (sometimes referred to as “representation” or “primary elaboration”), latent images, thoughts and feelings are extended into a full-blown scene, story or drama. Secondary elaboration occurs on awakening and tends to lead to a rapid and progressive forgetting of dream elements plus modification of the
dream itself in terms of coherence and intelligibility.
The reverse of the dreamwork is dream analysis. he intention here is to infer, decode or unmask the latent content or true meaning of the dream. To this end, the patient relates all remembered aspects of the dream to the analyst and then free associates using individual dream elements as starting points.