The same kind of dream about a forbidden dish was that of a little boy twenty-two- months. Thge day before he was told to offer his uncle a present of a small basket of cherries, of which the child was, of course, only allowed one taste. he woke up with the joyful news: " Hermann eaten up all the cherries." A girl of three and a half years had made during the day a sea trip which was too short for her, and she cried when she had to get out of the boat. The next morning her story was that during the night she had been on the sea, thus continuing the interrupted trip.
A girl of three and a half years had made during the day a sea trip which was too short for her, and she cried when she had to get out of the boat. The next morning her story was that during the night she had been on the sea, thus continuing the interrupted trip.A boy of five and a half years was not at all pleased with his party during a walk in the Dachstein region. Whenever a new peak came into sight he asked if that were the Dachstein, and, finally, refused to accompany the party to the waterfall.
His behaviour was ascribed to fatigue; but a better explanation was forthcoming when the next morning he told his dream: he had ascended the Dachstein. Obviously he expected the ascent of the Dachstein to be the object of the excursion, and was vexed by not getting a glimpse of the mountain. The dream gave him what the day had withheld.
The dream of a girl of six was similar; her father had cut short the walk before reaching the promised objective on account of the lateness of the hour. On the way back she noticed a signpost giving the name of another place for excursions; her father promished to take her there also some other day. She greeted her father next day with the news that she had dreamnt that her father had been with her to both places.
What is common in all these dreams is obvious. They completelyu satisfy wishes excited during the day which remain unrealized. They are simply and undisguisedly realizations of wishes.What is common in all these dreams is obvious. They completelyu satisfy wishes excited during the day which remain unrealized. They are simply and undisguisedly realizations of wishes.
The following child-dream, not quite understandable at first sight, is nothing else than a wish realized. On account of poliomyelitis a girl, not quite four years of age, was brought from the country into town, and remained overnight with a childless aunt in a big-for her, naturally, huge-bed. The next morning she stated that she had dreamt that the bed was much too small for her, so that she could find no place in it.
To explain this dream as a wish is easy when we remember that to be "big" is a frequently expressed wish of all children. The bigness of the bed reminded Miss Little-Would-be-Big only too frocibly of her smallness. This nasty situation became righted in her dream, and she grew so big that the bed now became too small.
Even when children's dreams are complicated and polished, their comprehension as a realization of desire is fairly evident. A boy of eight dreamnt that he was being driven with Achilles in a war-chariot, guided by Diomedes. The day before he was assiduously reading about great heroes. It is easy to show that he took these heroes as his models, and regretted that he was not living in those days.
From this short collection a further characteristic of the dreams of children is manifest-their connection with the life of the day. The desires which are realized in these dreams are left over from the day or, as a rule, the day previous, and the feeling has become intently emphasized and fixed during the day thoughts. Accidental and indifferent matters, or what must appear so to the child, find no acceptance in the contents of the dream.
Innumerable instances of such dreams of the infantile type can be found among adults also, but as mentioned, these are mostly exactly like the manifest content.Thus a random selection of persons will generally respond to thirst at night-time with a dream about drinking, thus striving to get rid of the sensation and to let sleep continue. many persons frequently have these comforting dreams before waking, just when they are called. They dream that they are already up, that they are washing, or already in school, at the office, etc., where they ought to be at a given time.
The night before an intended journey one not infrequently dreams that one has already arrived at their destination; before going to a play or to a party the dream not infrequently anticipates, in impatience, as it were, the expected pleasure. At other times the the dream expresses the realization of the desire somewhat indirectly; some connection, some sequel must be known-the first steps towards recognizing the desire.
Reference:Dream Psychology : Sigmund Freud
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