Different Interpretations of Dream Interpretation
There are many theories that explain why we dream, but no one can fully understand their purpose, if they do have, and less so how to interpret them. Mysterious, baffling, frightening, soothing are the many terms to describe them. Still why and whatever for the reason why they happen, eludes us. Best thing we can do is turn to the experts, and what they have to say. Here’s what the world’s most renowned experts on dreams have to say about this phenomenon – dreaming in your sleep.
Sigmund Freud described dreams as the road to the unconscious mind; he is psychology’s most famous thinker of the twentieth century. He said that the content of dreams is related to what you’re wishing to be fulfilled. He believed that the content of a dream, the actual imagery and events, disguise the unconscious wishes of the dreamer. He described four elements – that all of a dream is a condensation of many ideas or concepts; the true emotional content of a dream can be disguised by confusing and unimportant parts; that objects meant to symbolize the content of the dream can be repressed; the dream can undergo a revision in the end, reorganized to make it understandable.
Carl Jung, founder of analytical psychology, suggested that dreams revealed both the personal and collective unconscious and believed that dreams serve to compensate for parts of the psyche that are underdeveloped in waking life. There are archetypes in a dream, symbolic objects that represent attitudes repressed by the conscious mind. He also believed that dreams can be highly personal and that interpreting these dreams involved knowing a great deal about the individual dreamer.
Calvin S. Hall, psychologist who studied in the fields of dream research and analysis, proposed that dreams are part of a cognitive process in which dreams serve as “conceptions” of elements of our personal lives. Hall looked for themes and patterns by analyzing thousands of dream diaries, creating a quantitative coding system that divided what’s in our dreams into a number of categories. He says interpreting dreams requires knowing the dreamer’s actions within the dream, interactions with other characters, the objects and figures, the setting, and outcome. The ultimate goal of dream interpretation is to understand the dreamer.
G. William Domhoff is a prominent dream researcher who studied with Calvin Hall. In large-scale studies, he found that dreams reflect the thoughts and concerns of a dreamer’s waking life. He suggests a neurocognitive model of dreams in which the process of dreaming results from neurological processes and a system of schemas. Dream content, he suggests results from these cognitive processes.
Analyzing Your Dreams in Lynnwood
One of the most accessible ways to interpret dreams now is to go see a dream interpreter or dream analyzer. When you’re in Lynnwood and needing to have someone analyze your dreams, come see us.