What is manifest content? It’s whatever you want it to be!

The dream-work transforms the latent feelings and thoughts in our minds into something more tangible, like suddenly finding yourself living on an island with only one other person for company. You may not have planned your trip there but sometimes when we’re sleeping (or rather “dreaming”) all of these amazing adventures come true because they’ve been hiding inside us this whole time – just waiting till someone asks them nicely enough…

The work of lucid dream interpretation follows the same process in reverse, starting from what you interpreted as reality and moving towards your thoughts about it.

The dream-work is a process of censorship that allows us to make our wishes come true. It also gives dreams their particular form, and it’s this form which makes them so interesting!

In a certain sense the word says everything. A number of dream elements (themes, images, images, ideas, etc.) are combined into one.

Condensation can be observed at:

Two pictures are coated with one other person: “The face I see in that dream as well as my friend and my uncle.”

Common features for two or more different elements: Hitler and Ghandi are the same -vegetarian name.

Handling words or names: “I’m slad to see you go” combining “sad” and “happy”

Condensation is the reason why there is no neat correspondence, one-to-one between elements of manifest content and latent content.

This is also why manifest content is far more compact than latent content. One fragment of a dream can bring some latent dream thoughts, even contradictory.


Freud noticed that important things in latent content are often represented by things that seem unimportant in real content, and vice versa.

A dream might look about one thing, but dream thinking can show that it’s really about something else.

Because of this phenomenon, Freud said that the relative interests of the dream element could experience a displacement. Emotions associated with one idea or experience apart from it and attached to another.

Although many dreams do not seem to be ‘reasonable’, many others seem quite coherent and logical.

Secondary Revisions

Freud said that this was a secondary revision function to create the appearance of this narrative coherence: that “filled the gap in a dream structure with pieces and patches.”

As the name suggests, a secondary revision occurs at the end of the dream development process and can basically be considered as the application of the conscious thought process to the dream material.

This can be associated with the tendency of the ego to try to ignore the inconsistency, making things look reasonable.


If you’re curious about the meaning of your dreams, or even if you just want to explore some of the more interesting ones, DreamMe is a great option. With our easy-to-use app, you can record and interpret your dreams with ease. And don’t forget, dream interpretation is a great way to gain self-awareness – so download DreamMe today!


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