“Dream interpretation is a process of assigning meaning to dreams.” In ancient Egypt and Greece, dreaming was considered a supernatural communication or a means of divine intervention whose messages that could be reveled by people with certain powers. Sigmund Freud came up with two techniques to get information on his patients “unconscious minds.” One of Freud’s techniques that he came up with was interpreting dreams.
A long and stressful day can take a toll on the mind. The mind in return, takes a toll on itself. For thousands of years, the belief that dreams hold a secret meaning or message was believed since the beginning of history. Dream interpretations have dated back to 3000 B.C. Ancient Egyptian, Roman, and Greek civilizations would record their dreams believing they were significant to the meaning of their lives. The idea that dreams hold a secret message or can be foretold has been carried out to present day. “Centuries ago, people in many cultures believed dreams were presented by an outside force and intended to serve as oracles or omens. Later, people theorized that dreams were caused by anxiety, household noises, and even indigestion” (Kotch-Sheras 2).
Drying out our Dirty Dreams A common definition of dreams according to “Patterns for College Writing” is “the symbolic representation of mental states”, but this sparse definition does not begin to encompass the complex mechanisms behind dreams and its effects on human culture around the globe. Dreams have long been the topics of folklore and urban legends. Since human beginnings, people have sought to uncover the origin of dreams. The ancient Greeks believed dreams came from the God Oneiroi. The Chinese believes that dreams happened when the hun or spirit leaves the body for the land of the dead.
The average person spends over one-third of their life sleeping, and over this period of time he or she can have over 1,825 dreams (Wicklinski). By definition, dreams are mental images, thoughts, or emotions that are experienced while sleeping. In the beginning, dreams were thought to be messages sent from the gods or spirit world. Researchers now have many theories explaining why people dream. Many of these theories explain that dreams can resemble an individual’s sensory experiences or even secret wishes. All people dream, but only 42% of people can recall their dreams from the night before (“Dreams”). The study of dreams is a topic that is constantly being debated by researchers for many reasons. Dreaming is important because it can impact people’s health, provide insight into what they are feeling, and reveal information about their behavior.
Blind, deaf or mute, every single human being dreams. People over the age of ten often dream four to six times per night. As we all know from experience dreams can take us to familiar or unfamiliar places ranging anywhere from your own home to other realms. Dream interpretations vary from person to person. Some believe dreams are meaningful while others believe they are meaningless. Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung, Alfred Adler, Calvin Hall, Frederick Perls, Allan Hobson and Robert McCarley were all dream theorists who proposed different ideas as to why dreams exist and how they can be interpreted.
Over the two weeks in which we logged our dreams and sleep schedules, I made some very interesting discoveries and self-revelations. Many of these ideas come from related symbols each dream share. Before we can start to dismantle these dreams, their relations to one another and myself, allow me to tell you about each one.
Psychology: Dreams and Dreaming Dreams, a nightly gift and a part of the natural process of being alive, are being rediscovered by our publisher. The meaning and value of your dreams will vary according to what you and your society decide. Our society is changing. We used to only value dreams in the context of psychotherapy. There are also a few assumptions about dreams.
Madison Flury Dreaming is very different than everyday life, yet somehow still relates to it in some way. In everyday life we have stress and happiness along with many other emotions. Yet in someway when we drift off into a deep sleep this emotions come right back. Dalai Lama once said that “sleep is the best meditation.” Sleep may be the one thing that people turn to, a place where your mind is totally set free to do what it wants and think what it wants.
with egregious murder. Historically, death at the hands of a lynch mob would be reported in the presses as occurring “at the hands of persons unknown.” To Coates this repeated ignorance is intentional, as it is necessary to preserve “The Dream.” The Dream is a repeated theme in Coates writing. He argues that white Americans live a Dream where their successful lives are the natural result of grit, honor, and good works. He argues that in reality, the lives of white Americans are built on the back of African Americans.
The causes of dreams has remained a philosophical debate since the Hellenistic Period (which is the period between Ancient Greek and Mediterranean history). Dreams were thought at that time to be god-sent, which meant serving to warn the dreamer of the future. From this concept Aristotle developed the theory, “Dreaming is a function of the imagination”. Aristotle believed dreams are images of past experiences, which his idea is still currently believed. Aristotle stresses dream activity as part of psychology, but not nature nor theology. His idea significantly impact the Middle Ages, Renaissance, Modern Times, and etc., which every period has developed, added, and revised his thoughts relating to the subject of dreams. My objective is to address the empirical research question: “How does one’s surroundings affect one’s dream?” After all, “Dreams can also refer to one’s goals and fantasies, which can be beyond one’s grasp and that may be fearful.” The purpose of this literature review is to analyze and identify any causal factors pertaining to dreams and provide further insight into the causes.