Understanding dream meanings has fascinated mankind for millennia. In ancient Greece, physicians believed dreams conveyed indications of diseases present in the body. Sigmund Freud thought dreams revealed repressed desires. Since then, pop psychologists, psychotherapists and psychoanalysts have all begun offering interpretations of clients' dreams. But are dream interpretations accurate?
Dreams can provide introspective insight and can predict aspects of the future.
Universal dream symbols
The presence of universal symbols in all of our dreams indicates objective meaning.
A message from God
Some dreams come directly from God, offering introspective insight and revelations about the future.
Dreams provide information on the subconscious mind that can be illuminating.
Dreams are thoughts the ego represses
Dreams are manifestations of desires and thoughts that our conscious mind has repressed.
Dreams as memories
Dreams are memories, therefore they can be useful in interpreting our response to past events.
An evolutionary perspective
Dreams contain information on how humans evolved to become apex predators and cement their position at the top of the food chain.
Accessing the collective unconscious
Dreams allow us access to our collective unconscious- a collection of ancestral memories that are common to all of us.
Dream interpretations are nothing but idiosyncrasy and guesswork.
A personal dream vocabulary
Even if they hold value, dreams cannot be interpreted because each of us has a personal dream vocabulary that cannot be translated through any objective interpretive framework.
Where is the science?
Despite numerous attempts to find a scientifically supported system of dream interpretation, no interpretative method has ever been supported by empirical science.
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