What do psychologists really think about your dreams – do they have meaning? In this episode I talk about what psychologists think today about dreams. You probably know that Freud thought that dreams had a manifest content (the people and things that happened in the dream that you remember) and a latent content (the unconscious meaning of the dream). Do we still think this? Also: can you look up in a book or online to find out what your dreams meant? If you dream about a cat for example – what does this mean? In this episode I explore these questions with author and psychoanalyst Kerry Malawista. She and her colleagues discuss this topic in their book, Wearing My Tutu To Analysis. I’ll talk to her and include my own thoughts about whether or not dreams have meaning and whether you should be taking the time to analyze them.
In earlier episodes of The Psych Files I asked you not to dismiss Freud’s ideas. Too often we only hear about his (100 year old) ideas on sex. There is A LOT more to Freud and this episode will convince you of that.
Resources on Psychoanalysis and Dreams
- The Dynamics of Therapy: Transference and Counter Transference: An Interview with Kerry Malawista
- Kerry Malwista’s blog on the Psychology Today site, Wearing My Tutu to Analysis
- The Necessity of the Frame in Psychotherapy
- In Defense of Defense Mechanisms
- Why We Dream: Real Reasons Revealed
- Modern Dream Interpretations
- What Do Dreams Mean? Whatever Your Bias Says
- Dreams: Full of meaning or a reflex of the brain?