In this information age, the more one ‘knows’ the better will be his response to his
world. What better way to know oneself than through ones dreams and their
interpretations. Take Joe for example. He dreamt that he was lying in bed crying. When
his mother came in to see what was wrong they had sex. Initially Joe woke up, thinking he
was in the middle of a nightmare. Now there are two choices for Joe. He could either feel
weird, that he had feelings about his mother, or he could look at what symbols were in his
Joe decided to analyze his dream. Since he was in his own bed, it showed that he is
comfortable in his life. Secondly Joe, needed to decipher if there was a predominant color,
and yes it was deep brick red, that meant Joe was going to experience good things in the
near future. Next Joe needed to understand that he was showing signs of regression, by
sitting and crying. Once he realizes that, Joe remembers being reprimanded at work,
where he felt like crawling under a rock. Lastly, Joe needs to understand that just because
he was with his mother in his dream doesn’t mean that he feels for her in that way.
Because he was having sex with his mother most likely means that, he needed to take on
some of the qualities that she possesses. Although it is a matter of interpretation, many feel
they have found the ‘right way’ to understand theirs and others dreams.
Dreams have been a curiosity since ancient times. Recently psychologists like
Sigmund Freud and Karl Jung have become well known for their studies. There are many
reasons to study dreams. At dreams research laboratories, they use machines,
electroencephalographs (EEG) to tell when dream sleep occurs.
Dreams have been studied since ancient times. For many centuries dreams have
been interpreted, and each culture has its own set of guide lines. During ancient Greek
times men believed that gods used dreams as a matter of communication, so they could
speak to humans. Ancient Roman culture looked at dreams as real. They saw phantoms,
who took on many forms to convey the message. Many people, because of the ancient
Romans, had trouble differentiating between dreams and reality. They believed dreams
were as real as waking events. Theoretically ancient Oriental people did...
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...nfusing. Dreams are a matter of
interpretation, but many seem to think they understand dreams. They are na expression of
a person’s inner self, a window to the soul. Proper interpretation of ones dreams can lead
to a sense of fulfillment. However, reading too much into ones dreams can be as destructive
to one’s psyche as any real episode. Dream interpretation can be and should be a tool
modern man can use to better understand himself.
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