The Freud Museum

Dreams

Wild Beasts

“Wild beasts are as a rule employed by the dream work to represent passionate impulses of which the dreamer is afraid, whether they are his own or other people’s... We have not far to go from here to cases in which a dreaded father is represented by a beast of prey or a dog or a wild horse - a form of representation recalling totemism. It might be said that the wild beasts are used to represent the libido, a force dreaded by the ego and combated by means of repression. It often happens, too, that the dreamer separates off his neurosis, his ‘sick personality’ from himself and depicts it as an independent person.”


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