The connection between dreams and subconscious thoughts is a central topic of study in oneirology, the study of dreams. According to the psychoanalytic theory of dreams, developed by Sigmund Freud, dreams are the manifestation of unconscious desires and conflicts that are censored in waking life. According to this theory, the content of dreams reveals unconscious thoughts and feelings that are not accessible to the individual during waking consciousness.

In other words, the subconscious mind is thought to use dreams as a way to express and process unconscious thoughts and feelings. These thoughts and feelings are often symbolic and disguised in dream content, but they can be deciphered through dream analysis.

For example, a person who dreams of losing a race may be unconsciously grappling with feelings of inadequacy or insecurity. A person who dreams of falling may be experiencing feelings of vulnerability or anxiety. The interpretation of these dreams may reveal unconscious thoughts and feelings that the individual was not aware of, or was unable to express, in waking life.

The connection between dreams and subconscious thoughts is an important aspect of oneirology, and it continues to be an area of active research and debate. While some theories emphasize the importance of the subconscious mind in dreaming, others view dreams as the result of more physiological and cognitive processes that occur during sleep. Regardless of the approach, the study of dreams offers a fascinating window into the workings of the human mind and the unconscious processes that shape our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.