Interpreting dreams: A professional's perspective

By: Eric Eckstrom Email
By: Eric Eckstrom Email

Have you ever had a dream you were sure meant something? Man’s curiosity with the dream world is well documented and Robert Thompson, a licensed clinical social worker, has been utilizing them as a part of patient treatment for years.

“Dreams are the unconscious mind’s struggle to make sense of our daily lives. The human mind is an amazing thing, and the capacity to heal from our dreams is certainly something I've seen as a clinician,” Thompson said.

The science of dream analysis is a tricky business, but he says there are general interpretations upon which many professionals agree. For example, dreams where you are flying.

“Flying dreams are very common. [Sigmund] Freud even mentions them specifically in his work 'Interpretation of Dreams', and he attributed it to someone wanting to get a bigger picture of their life,” he said.

Nightmares, he says, can be particularly revealing.

“A nightmare is often a conscious mind trying to deal with the fear of the unconscious. Individuals are terrified about something in their lives. It is good old repression,” Thompson said.

Thompson says he encourages folks to make a habit of writing their dreams down as soon they wake up as a way of self-reflection.

So the next time you go to sleep, pay attention. Chances are, you'll learn something about yourself.

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