Dreams: Freud's Three Levels of Consciousness

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This has to do with Frued's theory of three levels of consciousness when falling asleep. It describes the first 2 levels and gives examples of each.

Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night and/or in the morning involuntarily wondering why you dreamt a certain dream? I know I have. Most of the time, I like to attempt to interpret the dream. I usually decide the dependability of the dream by using my natural intuition and dispersing it into a level. What level you ask? I use Sigmund Freud's theory of Three Levels of Consciousness as a reference. This theory helps me determine what dreams are valid enough to attempt to interpret, and what dreams aren't. Freud believes there are three levels of consciousness when you fall asleep; it consists of a conscious, a preconscious and an unconscious level. Freud's levels of consciousness are very useful and accurate in analyzing and interpreting your dreams when applying them to daily life.

The first level of consciousness is being conscious, the Conscious Level. In this level you are lying down wanting to fall asleep. As you lie down, your mind begins to think rapidly. You think about the way you view life and the world around you. You may even think about current or past events that are troubling or pleasing you. For example, last night when I fell asleep, I was thinking about my upcoming graduation and my current custody battle with my ex-boyfriend and our son. I am worried that I might not graduate on time and am very happy with the final outcome of the custody battle. I don't recall wanting to think about it, it was as though the thought appeared there as soon as I laid my head down on the pillow. Freud's theory...