Latent Dream

Latent Dream (or Latent Dream Content)


Latent dream is Sigmund Freud‘s expression for the real meaning of a dream, distinct from its surface structure and content. The contrasting term is manifest dream, which refers to the dream as it is dreamed, remembered, and reported, prior to any analysis. The psychoanalytical view is that the true significance of the dream is disguised so that our sleep is not interrupted by disturbing dreams.

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Fantasying about that thought as a latent dream, the following day is all about exploring Langkawi--and Dia as always is game for everything.
Down-to-earth, funny, and warm, Nianell's charming personality graces the pages in Knowing Who I Am, which reads like a natural conversation with a reader seeking assistance in pursuing a latent dream or a stifled aspiration.
The main concern of this paper was not the dream itself but the implicitly perceived message of the death, concealed in latent dream material.
Although somewhat shorter than subsequent editions, the first printed version of The interpretation of Dreams does distinguish between manifest and latent dream content, a distinction that serves to explain distortions and conflicts that our dreams embody and disguise.
The author examines the nature of the dream, how it unites conflicts in ambiguous ways so as to offer resolutions which serve as wish-fulfillment; then she differentiates between "manifest dream," Freud's term for the over-all design of the dream and "latent dream," the underlying feelings and conflicts within the design.