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dialogue of the psyche
DREAMS: sequence images, sounds and feelings experienced when sleeping
SEMANTICS: linguistics. the study of meaning.

http://www.dreamsemantics.com/2009/02/the-wise-old-man/

This archetype was described as Carl Jung as a person with great judgment and wisdom.  The wise old man is sometimes referred to as the Sage. This archetype is characterized by being old, bearded, father-figure type who uses his great personal knowledge of the world and offer guidance through stories and may impress upon his [...]

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Sigmund Freud


http://www.dreamsemantics.com/2009/02/sigmund-freud/

Sigmund Freud was an Austrian psychiatrist known for his founding of the psychoanalytic school of psychology.  He is also well known for his theories on human sexual desire as the primary motivational factor in human life.   He is also known for his interpretation of dreams as a source of insight into the unconscious mind.

Freud calls dreams as “royal roadmap to the unconscious”.  In his “The Interpretation of Dreams” published in 1899, Freud suggests that the unconscious exists and dreams are a ways of gaining access to it.

In his view dreams are the minds “wishes” and that the unconscious and that these dreams is a form of method by which our minds resolve the conflict between our wishes and our reality.

During our dreams, Freud states that we awaken what he calls our “pre-conscious” or a state between unconsciousness and full consciousness.  This pre-conscious is lax during our sleep allowing thoughts (wishes) during our unconsciousness to pass through.  But because the unconscious distorts or censors these thoughts images seem blurry and don’t appear as they should be.  This is why dreams should be delved deeper into or interpreted in order to understand what we truly want and to understand the structure of our unconscious.

Freud later developed the id, ego and super-ego.  Where id refers to the realistic part of the psyche, ego as the critical and the super-ego as the moralizing.  The id, ego and super-ego are functions of the mind, rather than parts of the brain.  This model of the mind was successful in classifying mental disorders.

In 1930 he received the Goethe Prize for his contribution to psychology and to German literary culture.  However, when the Nazis took control of Germany his books were among the thousands that were burned.  His family was often visited by the Gestapo.  Finally they left Vienna and lived in exile in London.

Freud was a heavy cigar smoker and had over 30 operations performed due to oral cancer.  In 1939 his friend and doctor Max Schur assisted him in committing suicide by injecting him with three doses of morphine.  He was cremated and his ashes were placed in an ancient Grecian urn where they rest at the Golders Green Crematorium.

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