Welcome to part 4 of our Hot Hot August series on sex and dreams! Today we are looking at the works of Sigmund Freud regarding his theories on sex and dreams.
We will definitely be diving into Freud on a deeper scale with regards to his theories on dreams, but for now we are just sticking with a very abbreviated discussion on Freud’s thoughts on sex and dreams. When we say abbreviated, we really mean it - all of you psychoanalysis scholars, please don’t @ us. We’re just trying to scratch the surface! And just for fun, he was born Sigismund Schlomo Freud on May 6, 1856 in the Austrian Empire- he was a Taurus!
I would also like to say that while Freud is oftentimes debunked for some of his ideas, he was somewhat revolutionary for his time to suggest that women had sex dreams and responded physically in the same way that men do.
On that note, from our friends at wikipedia, Sigmund Freud, who developed the psychological discipline of psychoanalysis, wrote extensively about dream theories and their interpretations in the early 1900s. He explained dreams as manifestations of one's deepest desires and anxieties, often relating to repressed childhood memories or obsessions. Furthermore, he believed that virtually every dream topic, regardless of its content, represented the release of sexual tension.
Psychology Today has a few of symbols from Freud’s book about sex:
Male genitalia is signified by the number three
Other objects that can represent a penis:
long upright objects, sticks, umbrellas, poles, trees, the Washington Monument
Objects that penetrate the body - knives, swords, firearms
Objects out of which water flow, like faucets or fountains
Objects that can be elongated - telescopes, collapsible pencils
Erection - balloons, airplanes, missiles, rockets
Less obvious symbols: reptiles, especially snakes, fish, hats, and coats
Have you heard, “Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar?”
Is everything literally a penis? Practically, but here are things Freud believed symbolized vaginas.
Vaginas were represented by objects which enclose a space capable of being filled by something aka pits, caves, bottles, boxes, trunks, jars, suitcases, pockets, ships, the mouth, churches, and shoes.
Women can be symbolized by wooden and paper objects, whereas breasts are represented by apples, peaches, and fruits in general.
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