According to Freud, dreams are meaningful and the major function of them is wish fulfillment. The spectrum of wishes include simple biological needs (hunger/thirst), deep-seated needs related to sexual and aggressive impulses buried in the unconscious.
Freud goes on to describe that the true meaning of the dream is based on the needs and desires buried in the unconscious. Often, the content of the dream is disguised in symbolic form as not to reveal the latent content, so that the repressed needs of the individual do not arise and wake him or her.
The manifest content is the part of the dream that the dreamer is aware of and reports. "I had a dream that I was surrounded by money," is an example of manifest content.
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