According to Freud in The Interpretation of Dreams
(1900) when we are dreaming the censor which prevents the conscious
mind perceiving what is repressed in the unconscious is relaxed.
When we wake in the middle of a dream the conscious mind is
momentarily aware of the dream thoughts and a process of “secondary
revision” then occurs which attempts to recuperate the problematic
contents of the unconscious into a plausible story.
As the name “bearbeitung” (re-working)
implies, this process is seen as coming after the original
(dream-work) which uses the mechanisms of
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