For thousands of years, psychics and other individuals have been fascinated and puzzled by the memories of dream images and of the messages it wishes to convey.
The idea of dream interpretation, the process of assigning meaning to dreams based on the belief that dreams are a form of communication from beyond the physical experience, is
Historical records and writings over the centuries have shown of accounts of dreaming, and in every case man has searched for a reason for these phenomena. Even notable names in the world of psychiatry and psychology like Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung had written on methods of interpreting dreams.
With mankind now on the verge of philosophical evolution and spiritual revelation and awareness, the interpretation of dreams which is once the territory of spiritual leaders and psychic only is now finding itself open even to ordinary individuals in its search for the meaning of life experiences and coming to grips with it.
The understanding of the messages received in dreams is now becoming recognized as the link between the physically visible and invisible universes of man.
By learning the meanings of dreams, one can understand your hidden desires and deep-rooted personality issues.
Dream Analysis and Interpretation Methods
So here are the 10 Methods That Are Used in Dream Analysis and Interpretation:
1. Association Game by Sigmund Freud. This involves the creation of a ‘chain association ‘for each object or dream symbol. In this his method, upon hearing the cue word, the dreamer must say the first word that comes into their mind. The answer they gave will be the one that would be used as the next cue word given and so on.
2. Freud believed that thru connecting the dream symbols, you could uncover suppressed feelings. In this retrospective method, by analyzing how the dreamer identified with a particular dream symbol, one could encode the dream symbols and discover their hidden meanings. He believed that most dreams revolved around the past and were often seen as referring to some sort of repressed sexuality.
3. Symbolic Expansion by Carl Jung. Jung liked Freud’s notion of dreams but he believed that Freud’s idea of associations as representations of unfulfilled wishes to be simplistic and naive. Jung, instead, advocated returning each time to the use of the actual dream image itself as the cue word, instead of Freud’s desire to lead the dreamer farther and farther away from the actual dream image.
4. Jung believed that, by using this technique of “mining” each actual dream image to uncover its possible associations might lead the dreamer discovering which associations were actually most important.
5. Role Playing by Frederick Perls (Gestalt). Founder of the Gestalt psychology movement, Frederick Perls, popularized “encounter” groups. He recommended that, during the process of dream analysis, the dreamer is suggested to have imaginary conversations with dream characters/objects. This is done in order to give them a “voice” to communicate their meaning. The dreamer will sit opposite an empty chair, imagining the dream character/object sitting across from them. Then the dreamer would ask questions of the character, and then would switch chairs to answer them trying to express the attitude of the dream character as much as possible.
6. Perls advises the dreamer to see each character, object, and action in the dream as some (possibly alienated) aspect of the dreamer’s own personality.
7. Searching For Archetypes. This is one of the most popular techniques in dream analysis. “Archetypes” or mythic figures Carl Jung believed are present in everyone’s dreams. Classic Jungian archetypes include The Hero, the Wise Old Man, the Shadow (darker side of our own personality), and Anima/Animus (aspects of the opposite sex present in our own personal psychology).
8. Explain it to a Martian by Gayle Delaney. Along with others, Gayle Delaney advises that the dreamer should amplify the dream symbols in a slightly different way when acting as a dream interpreter. Rather than generating free-floating associations, Delaney et al. suggest that the dreamer should describe each image in simple, powerful terms, as if explaining its purpose and outstanding features to a Martian who knows nothing about life on Earth.
9. Metaphors and Puns. Many people in the field of the interpretation of dreams agree that the “language” of dreams is visual and metaphorphic. Often, in the interpretation of dreams, one can make use of the same metaphorical analysis techniques that are applied to works of literature. Some psychics even believe that making use of standard literary devices such as setting, dramatic structure, etc. in their dreams is useful. Looking for verbal or visual “puns” may also be useful.
10. Opposites. In the interpretation of dreams, it might be instructive to try to identify glaring “opposites” in your dreams. Important conflicts, imbalances, or concerns are often highlighted in these oppositional forces. For example: Aggression vs. Passivity, Style vs. Function, and Heaven vs. Earth.