The Freud Museum


Bed too small

"A little girl not quite four years old had been brought to town from the country because she was suffering from an attack of poliomyelitis. She spent the night with an aunt who had no children, and was put to sleep in a large bed - much too large for her, of course. Next morning she said she had a dream that the bed had been far too small for her, and that there had been no room for her in it. It is easy to recognise this dream as a wishful dream if we remember that children very often express a wish 'to be big'. The size of the bed was a disagreeable reminder of her smallness to the would-be big child; she therefore corrected the unwelcome relation in her dream, and grew so big that even the large bed was too small for her".

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