Psychology of Dreams Essay Topics

Instructor: Clio Stearns

Clio has taught education courses at the college level and has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.

Learning to think about dream psychology is a complicated and interesting process. This lesson provides a series of essay topics that will help students think about a variety of perspectives on dream psychology.

Learning Dream Psychology

If you are teaching your students about various aspects of psychology, giving them a chance to think about dreams can be really important. Dreams can offer important insight into how human psychology works, what people think about, and what their fantasies are. When we learn about dream psychology, we also think about symbolism and the themes that are most important in life as well as in literature.

One way to help students think more deeply about dream psychology is to assign them essays about different topics. When students write essays, they have to develop a clear idea or theory and back it up with evidence from primary or secondary sources. This process will not only bring students closer to dream psychology; it will also give them important practice with the writing process. The topics in this lesson will help your students write meaningful essays about the psychology of dreams.

History of Dream Psychology

This section offers topics that will help students understand the history behind the psychology of dreams.

  • Write an essay that explains at least two different theories of what dreams are and how they worked prior to Sigmund Freud's major treatise on dreams. Get into the benefits and pitfalls of these early theories of dreaming, and try to explain why they eventually stopped holding up.
  • Describe Freud's theory of what dream-work is in detail, explaining how he came up with this theory, how it was received by his contemporaries, and how it impacted psychology overall. You can also explain what critics have said to rebut at least some aspects of Freud's theory.
  • Compare and contrast Freud's theory of dream-life with Jung's theory of dreams. Show what these two thinkers had in common in terms of their approach to the psychology of dreaming as well as how they differed. Then, explain the implications of each school of thought for the development of broader psychological treatments and theoretical frameworks.

Interpretation of Dreams in Psychology

Here, you will find topics that encourage students to understand how dreams are interpreted in the context of psychology.

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