Monday, July 30, 2018

Dream Interpretation

Dream interpretation is an ancient practice of finding meaning and symbols in dreams that translate to many different things, including divine intervention. In ancient societies, dreaming was thought to be a supernatural way of possibly seeing the future or finding spiritual powers. Sigmund Freud actually published a book called The Interpretation of Dreams where he talked about his belief that our dreams are influenced by our unconscious desires and mind, especially as adults. Many people in the psychology community use dream dictionaries and dream journals to try to find meaning and their unconscious desires/fears in them. I found an interesting website that has interpretations for over 10,000 types of dreams. They also talk about lucid dreaming which I didn’t touch on in this post.

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  1. I think dreams are very interesting. While most dreams we have are nonsense, I do believe that certain dreams may have an underlying meaning that we may not always be aware of at the time. When I was a freshman in high school I lost my sneakers from gym (it was my first time changing for gym); I was frantic because I didn't know where I had put them and they were my only pair. I went to sleep that night and dreamed that I was in the hall of my high school by my locker and as I opened my locker, the sneakers her right there---hanging up in a plastic bag, in it's shoe box. The next morning, while I was tempted to go down to the locker room, I decided to follow my dream and would you know, there they the exact location as they were in my dream the night before. Coincidence? Maybe...
    Then when I was younger, I had this reoccurring dream that came around the same time of year: the transition from winter to spring. I don't remember what the dream was about, but I did find it strange that the same dream kept reoccurring around the same time of year.

  2. The website you attached is very cool. I looked up the interpretations for some of my dreams and found some interesting parallels. I dream about my teeth falling out a lot and I always thought it was because I knocked two of my teeth out in a soccer game. The site claims it could really mean being afraid to look stupid in front of people and that is actually one of my biggest struggles in life I care a lot about what people think. The "Interesting Facts About Dreams" say that blind people dream. I'm curious as to what a blind person would see in their dreams if dreams are based off what we have seen in life. I imagine they dream blurs or colors.

  3. I really do believe that what we see in our dreams is not only a direct relation to what is happening in our lives, but also in deeper parts of our brain. Dreaming is a way for us to work out solutions to problems in out life without causing any harm if we make the wrong choice. I have also had dreams about my teeth falling out and I used a dream interpretation book to find out that it was related to dealing with a loss, and my uncle had just passed away.