1318. The treatise on dreams was full of the most fascinating ideas and information. It was an argument in the usual Freudian manner. As you know he would often establish a theory, support it with numerous arguments and observations, and then demolish it altogether. His usual approach was to set up several arguments in a series, defend them, and then destroy them one at a time ending up with his quintessential theory which he would let stand.
1319. As for dreams, he thought they were very important, more important than anyone realizes. What do you suppose are the purpose of dreams? He felt it was obvious, they are blueprints of analysis of human behavior. What do the analyze? Three things. First they attempt to figure out why the things that have happened to a person in the past, happened.
1320. The analysis in our dreams about the past often has certain reliable recurring props like the second-grade school desk your knees do not fit under, the naked rides on the bus. The college where one cannot find a classroom in which an important exam is taking place. You return home to your wife, who is an old girlfriend who rejected you years ago. Now everything is fine, and you get along perfectly, but you can't figure out where all the extra rooms in your apartment came from.
1321. The dreams analysing the past are not as important as the second category: dreams that try to figure out why things going on in your present life are happening, despite your relentless efforts to keep them from happening. These dreams involve flooded basements, new clothes with stains and tears showing up at embarrassing moments, landlords who live upstairs now, instead of out of state, and cars made of cardboard that go ninety miles an hour but have no brakes.