The Origins of Dreams Interpreting

Dream interpretation is the process of assigning meaning to dreams. They give glimpses into our inner most lives.  Most often dreams are close up snapshots of a recent situation or even a long lost memory.  Sometimes the meaning may be obvious and other times quite obscure. In many of the ancient societies dreaming was considered a supernatural communication and in modern times various schools of psychology have offered theories about the meaning of dreams.

dreamimageThe ancient Greeks sent their sick to be cured through developing their dreams within the confines of the temple.  Dreams were  also considered prophetic and in the Bible dreams were described as divine revelation.  Dreams have been held in considerable importance through history by most cultures.

Sigmund Freud believed that the foundation of all dreams is wish fulfillment and that the reason  for a dream is always to be found in what happens in the day before the dream. Freud’s view was that dreams are compromises which ensure that sleep is not interrupted.  Carl Jung on the only half believed Freud’s notion of dreams to be too simple and naive and was sure that the dream interpretation had a larger scope,  reflecting how complex our unconscious mind is.

He didn’t believe that we should give meaning to dream symbols without knowing all about the person’s situation.  Symbols must be explored for their personal significance to the person.   Jung stressed that the dream was not merely a puzzle and they have their own language.

In the 1950s Calvin S Hall developed a theory of dreams in which dreaming is considered to be a cognitive process and he argued that a dream were thoughts that occurred during sleep. He believed that there were many ways to interpret a dream.

In the 70s Ann Faraday brought dream interpretation into the mainstream by publishing book on do it yourself dream intepretation and forming groups to share and analyze dreams.  Faraday believed like Jung that dreams were reflected on what was happening currently in our lives.

Now in 2009 with dream sharing and dream blogs like this one people can explore and analyze their own dreams and get intuitive readings from experts.

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