What Do My Dreams Mean?
Carl Jung, a Swiss psychiatrist and psychotherapist who founded analytical psychology, believed that our dreams could reveal parts of our inner mind or psyche that are yet to be developed in our physical and conscious life. Sigmund Freud, an Austrian neurologist known as the father of psychoanalysis, suggested that what we experience in our own dreams are wishes that we consciously or unconsciously want to manifest in our present life. Calvin Hall, an American psychologist who studied in the field of dream interpretation, believed that our dreams are part of a cognitive process where our dreams serve as concepts of our current life and by analyzing our dreams we can uncover specific themes and patterns.
So what should you look for when you are interpreting your own dreams? Calvin Hall purposed the following when studying personal dreams:
- The actions of the dreamer within the dream
- The objects and figures in the dream
- The interactions between the dreamer and the other characters within the dream
- The setting, transitions, and overall outcome
Sometimes in order to really understand your dreams, you must stop looking at the obvious and change your perspective. After all, it isn’t really about understanding the dream itself; it’s all about understanding the dreamer- understanding your true self! Sweet dreams!