According to Freud, the hidden meaning of a dream, fantasy, or thought, versus the surface (manifest) content. Latent content can be revealed through dream interpretation and free association.
Example: Freud said that dreams about elongated objects such as tree trunks, rockets, or weapons were really dreams concerning the male genitalia.
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 24 Jan 2009