Sigmund Freud states that dreams are ‘a royal road’ into our unconscious. He developed the dream analysis to tap into the subconscious mind of a person. Though everyone dreams, only some remember what they ‘saw’ while others forget. Let’s check the dreams and their meanings and also steps to interpret your dreams.
What are dreams and what do they mean?
What we see during stages of sleep is important, as it can help us learn a lot about ourselves, when analyzed. Sometimes, it can be silly or sometimes fearful and strange and at times it can carry certain impressions that have a deeper meaning. When analyzed, these imaginations and thoughts can also open many aspects of our subconscious mind and can even provide certain indications about our thought process.
What Are Dreams Made Of?
Dreams are often an impression of our personal experiences, researchers have discovered that certain dreams are very common across different cultures. For example, while sleeping, people, from all over the world frequently see themselves being chased, attacked, falling, arriving late, flying, or being naked in public.
Some Common Dreams And Their Meanings:
- Being Chased – Avoidance, closemindedness, fear, escaping from fears.
- Losing Teeth – Losing your power; concerned about the ability to communicate.
- Death – Fear of the unknown, anxiety, fear to see something (job, relationship, pattern) end; the end of one phase and the beginning of another.
- Taking A Test – Fear of failing or being unprepared.
- Flying – Feeling of freedom, positive feeling of pleasure and independence from social norms.
- Infidelity/Cheating – Lack of trust, fear of losing a relationship and insecurity.
- Being Late – Lack of control, missed opportunities and trying to do too much at once.
- Being Pregnant – Indicates a desire to nurture and give life to a new life, idea, creative project, or relationship.
- Meeting A Celebrity – A need for recognition.
The dream analysis is the process of assigning meaning to dreams and to learn about them in order to better learn about the relationship between the conscious and unconscious mind.
Analyzing these images, thoughts, sensations, and emotions we experience while sleeping is a therapeutic technique during which an individual relates to the ‘dream, discusses it, processes it and uncovers its meaning. These imaginations indicate how sometimes thoughts, feelings, behaviors and personalities might be affected by the subconscious mind.
How Does Dream Analysis Work?
Dream Analysis As A Therapy. The primary goal of dream analysis is to help people identify and address issues that they might be currently facing in their lives, especially with regard to mental health. This therapy also helps in understanding deeper feelings and emotions at a subconscious level and is therefore beneficial for those who find it hard to express their emotions, this is because it helps in projecting feelings that may be buried deep inside. When it comes to the person who analyses dreams, any person who can provide an objective, non-judgmental or unbiased interpretation, while keeping a holistic view of the dreamer’s current state of mind, is the ideal person to present an accurate interpretation.
Steps To Interpret Dreams:
Since every individual is unique, there are no rules to analyze dreams. However, here are some steps to interpret dreams to help see dreams more objectively and rationally while facilitating to dig deeper into its meaning:
The primary goal of dream analysis is to help people identify and address issues in their lives. The issues might be currently facing in their lives, especially with regard to mental health.
STEP 1 – Write It Down:
This is the first and foremost step in analyzing your dream. Take notes in a journal by your bed the moment you wake up. It can help in bringing out the content from the subconscious to the conscious.
Step 2 – Identify And Recall The Feelings:
Understand the emotions experienced during the dream while writing it down. Use questions like ‘was I scared, sad or angry and ‘am I still experiencing the same emotions after waking up?’. This helps in understanding whether you are, comfortable with the emotions you feel during your dream.
STEP 3 – Describe Associations:
Identify and describe all the associations that each object or a scene carried. For instance, if you dreamt of your childhood home, what does it remind you of? Any good or bad memories?
STEP 4 – List Associations And Build A Single Narrative:
When all the associations have been identified for each dream, try to combine and create it into a sequence of events. That will eventually be like narrating a story. Also, ensure the list is descriptive.
STEP 5 – Reflect And Understand The Essence Of The Dream:
Consider the entire dream along with its associations and reflect on what you have written. For instance, if you saw yourself traveling to a new place, you can conclude that you are ready for a change, or something new in life, or you want to expand your life in some way.