Dictionariesuenos.com offers our dreamers the opportunity to engage with their dreams with over 10,000 Dream Interpretations from A to Z and an active live dream forum. Our interactive dream forum has thousands of dream members analyzing their dreams daily to find what is hidden deep within their subconscious mind. Our large number of symbols in our Dream Dictionary gives dreamers the opportunity to become more aware of their inner selves and to understand what needs to be taken care of. Analyzing dreams didn't just happen overnight, dream symbols have been around since 4000 BC and continue to change as the world evolves.
Recently, two famous dream theorists, Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung, have changed the way we analyze and study our dreams and because of this they have had such an impact on the human mind. Both developed the concepts of the extroverted and introverted personality, the archetypes, and the collective unconscious. They both had a different approach to dream analysis, but today Jung's theories are considered more relevant.
Interesting facts about dreams
- Did you know that the blind dream?
- We forgot the 90% of our dreams.
- Everybody dreams.
- Dreams prevent psychosis.
- We only dream of what we know and what we see in life.
- Not everyone dreams in color; some dream in black and white
- Babies don't dream of themselves until around 3 years old.
Can dreams predict the future? What are dreams
Our dreams are made of a combination of thoughts, images, and emotions. Most of our dreams are thought during our REM (Rapid Eye Movement) stage. The REM period usually takes about a quarter of our sleep, or about 120 minutes per night. Most of the time, when we sleep through the night, we will participate in or around 3-5 rounds of REM sleep, each of which gradually lengthens as the night progresses. Most people over the age of 10 start having up to 4 to 6 dreams per night and we lose up to 90% of our sleep within the first minute of waking up. Remembering your dreams can be very easy once you know the correct steps, and in Dream Dictionary we will teach you how to improve your dream memory.
The best person to analyze the true meaning of your dream would be the dreamer. Our dream dictionary and forum will give you an idea and help you unearth what is hidden behind the symbols you dream about and the rest is up to you. Dream interpretation is not rocket science, it takes time and practice like any other skill in life. Being open-minded helps as well as keeping a dream journal to record all the symbols that appear in your dream. If most dream symbols are presented as metaphors, then we must take our time and decode what it might mean to me.
Not all symbols can be applied to all dreamers in the same way, let's use a snake, for example it can represent a danger for one but good luck for another. All this will depend on the current situation in your life and the mood of the dreamer. Dream types and symbols discussed below in our very active dream forum with thousands of active members and will give you an idea of how to analyze a dream correctly. Here's an idea of what to keep in mind when analyzing your dream.
Why should we remember our dreams
Understanding your dreams can give you a different perspective on how to deal with life's obstacles. These obstacles can come from internal or external factors that you may have overlooked. Dreams have the ability to get straight to the point using metaphors within the symbols you have chosen to dream about. Could a recurring dream have any meaning? It is quite possible that your recurring dream is happening due to an ongoing problem that you keep ignoring in your life of walking. You can access vital information that is not readily available when you are awake and will sometimes be able to predict the future. You gain greater knowledge, self-awareness, and self-healing the more and more you practice remembering your dreams.
Types of Dreams
Since dreams have been established as part of the human condition - or rather, the mammalian condition - there are certain dreams that are much more common than others. Sometimes, based on culture or location, there are certain thematic dreams that seem to translate from society to society. These dreams are popular for dream interpreters and spiritualists to dissect and search for meaning. I can personally vouch for having most of these dreams, what about you?
Dreaming of being pursued. Chase dreams are one of several common dream themes, stemming from feelings of anxiety in your waking life. Flight is an instinctive response to a physical threat in the environment. In these dreams, the scenario shows you being chased by an attacker, an animal, a monster or an unknown figure, who wants to hurt or possibly kill you. Consequently, you run, hide, or try to outwit your pursuer.
Dreams of exams or tests. To dream that you are taking an exam indicates that you are being tested or that you are being scrutinized in some way. Such dreams highlight your feelings of anxiety and agitation. You may not be able to answer any of the test questions or the test may be in a foreign language. Are you running out of time and find that you cannot complete the exam in the allotted time? Or are you late for the exam, or have you completely forgotten? Does the pencil keep breaking during the test? Such factors contribute to your failure to pass this test. You may have been out of school for years and still dream of missing your exams. It can be very disorienting.
Dream of falling: Falling dreams are another theme that is quite common in the dream world. Contrary to a popular myth, you won't actually die if you don't wake up before hitting the ground during a fall… but can you imagine the news you would hear if you did? Dead individual… we don't know why. I think he fell into his dream. "
According to Freudian theory, dreams of falling indicate that you are contemplating giving in to a sexual impulse or urge. You may not be as discreet as you should be.
Flying dreams. My personal favorite, dreams of flying. Many dreamers describe the ability to fly in their dreams as an exhilarating, joyous, and liberating experience. Flying dreams often fall into a category of dreams known as lucid dreams. Lucid dreaming occurs when you realize that you are dreaming and are able to control the setting and plot of your dreams. Flying is often the first thing people try in these dreams; And to be honest, you would too.
Dreams with teeth. An incredibly common dream, dreams that your teeth are falling out or breaking can be shocking. Typical dream scenarios include your teeth falling apart in your hands, falling out one by one with just a light tap, growing crooked or rotting. Such dreams are not only gruesome and shocking, but they often leave you with a lasting image of the dream.
Dreams with Snakes. Why did they have to be snakes? Snakes are a very common dream symbol, generally meaning evil, temptation, or sexuality. Seeing a snake or being bitten by one in your dream means hidden fears and worries that are threatening you…. Your dream may be alerting you to something in your waking life that you are not aware of or that has not yet arisen.
Dreams of cars: The great modern symbol of power, status, vitality, sexuality. Automobile dreams are very common and have many meanings in dream analysis. Does it depend on factors like who is driving? Is it a pleasant or treacherous trip? Is the car an old junk or a fancy new car? Starting to drive a car generally means that you are in the beginning stages of a new life plan. Where the car takes you metaphorically shows you where your life should go. If your car breaks down, you could be putting your trust in someone who isn't worth it.
Why do we dream?
There are several popular theories about why we dream: the most popular is psychoanalytic and activation-synthesis, which, in keeping with the psychoanalytic perspective, Sigmund Freud's theory of dreams suggested that dreams were a representation of unconscious desires, thoughts and motivations. According to Freud's psychoanalytic view of personality, people are driven by aggressive and sexual instincts that are repressed from conscious awareness. Although these thoughts are not consciously expressed, Freud suggested that they find their way into our consciousness through dreams. Freud wrote that dreams are "fulfillments disguised as repressed desires." He also described two different components of dreams: the manifest content and the latent content. The manifest content is the actual images, thoughts and content contained in the dream, while the latent content is the hidden psychological meaning of the dream.
Activation synthesis: According to this theory, circuits in the brain are activated during REM sleep, the brain synthesizes and interprets this internal activity and tries to find meaning in these signals, resulting in sleep. Basically, the brain will interpret the meaningless signals and impose a story on top of them, resulting in the fragmented and absurd nature of some dreams. This model suggests that dreams are a subjective interpretation of the signal generated by the brain during sleep. This does not mean that dreams are meaningless; in fact, a by-product of this process may be the development of new and unique ideas. The idea that dreams contribute to new ideas has merit, as there have been several notable dreams that have contributed to inventions:
The Frankenstein Mary Shelley's was inspired by a dream: 'I saw the pale student of the unholy arts kneeling beside the thing he had ridden. I saw the hideous ghost of a stretched-out man, and then, in the working of some mighty motor, he showed signs of life, and shook with a restless and half-vital movement. Dreadful it must be; for supremely hideous would be the effect of any human effort to mock the stupendous Creator of the world.
The sewing machine. Elias Howe invented the sewing machine in 1845. He had the idea of a machine with a needle that would go through a piece of fabric, but he didn't know exactly how it would work. In his dream the cannibals prepared to cook it and danced around the fire waving their spears. Howe noticed that in the head of each spear there was a small hole through the arrow and the up and down movement of the spears and the hole stayed with him when he woke up. The idea of passing the thread through the needle close to the point was a great innovation in making mechanical sewing possible.
Benzene. Scientist Friedrich August discovered the seemingly impossible chemical structure of benzene (C6H6) when he dreamed of a group of snakes swallowing their tails.
Yesterday Paul McCartney claims to have composed the melody of the song «Yesterday»Of the Beatles in a dream; the song has since become the most recorded song in popular music history.
History of the meaning of dreams:
In ancient times, dreams were used for healing purposes and for communication with the gods. It was used as a rite of passage in certain tribes where spiritual activities were carried out to receive a guide dream and then share it with the rest of the tribe after being received. In the early 1800s, the way we analyze and interpret dreams was taken to the next level. It was only recently that two influential psychiatrists, Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud, decided to take the dream to the next level. Although they had their own personal theories about what it meant to dream, they both concluded that dreams were in fact an interaction between the unconscious and the conscious.
The late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries brought a new revolution to dream about. Jung and Freud believed that the unconscious was the main part of the mind that worked in the dream. However, they had different points of view regarding the understanding and meanings of dreams. Freud believed that there was a dynamic restriction that countered the unconscious during sleep, while Jung argued that dreams provide ingenious language, although very strange, a dream is capable of revealing its underlying meaning. Jung believed that there was a subjective approach to the dream in which each person in a dream was a representation of different characteristics of the dreamer. Fritz Perls's theory was similar to but different from this one, as he argued that the rejected and suppressed parts of the self-form projections that are our dreams. Fitiz, however, went to a more advanced state by stating that lifeless objects within the dream serve to symbolize the features and characteristics of the dreamer. Therefore, in order to understand the context of the dream in relation to Perls' theory, the dreamer is asked to imagine being the objects of the dream in order to relate it to their individuality. When considering the application of each person's personality and different life situations, one realizes that there are no two different people with the same dream who will come out with the same meaning. Thus, although Sigmund Freud was the inventor of dream symbol analysis and the three neurologists who studied dreams thought differently about what dreams meant, they all agreed that the meaning depended on the dreamer.
Aspects of dreams to consider their meaning:
Visuals / Dream Symbols
Dreams are highly spooky in nature, which means that the images in dreams are a mix and match of different places and things. There is a part of our brain that actually stores every person, character, object, location, and language. These memories or experiences are generally what cause visual and dream symbols to appear in highly embellished and peculiar ways.
People do not realize the importance of emotions in their dreams, a single emotion or feeling that you have in your dream can change what the symbols represent. Although the most frequent and recurring emotion in dreams is anxiety caused by nightmares. Also negative emotions are more present in dreams than positive ones. Dreams can also include emotions such as, but not limited to, fear, happiness, rejection, excitement, and even orgasmic feelings. Sex dreams do not occur regularly, but they do occur about 10% of the time in most young adults and adolescents. Adults have sex dreams about 8% of the time and sometimes they result in orgasms and are known as wet dreams.
Color vs. black and white
Although a marginal number of people say that they dream only in black and white, in reality the opposite is true. We think we dream in color, but in fact we only remember our dreams in color because of the way we visualize things. Try to remember and differentiate the difference between the colors in your dreams because they have meaning.
Recurrent dreams are reported mainly in women, as 70% of women have experienced recurring dreams while 65% of men. Although it would not be exactly the same dream, since the content is the same, the dream will follow the same form in different periods of sleep.
Why remember our dreams?
So what is the big problem in remembering and recording your dreams? The same reason why there is no substantial reasoning behind them. If you take a scientist, doctor or philosopher, they will give you different answers about the reason behind our dreams. What we do know is that it cannot be fully explained and no one knows the correct answer. What we do know though is that digging deep into your unconscious mind using our dreams has proven to have more benefits than we thought. Within our dreams are symbols that are meant to help, guide, and warn us in life or in the future. We also know that our unconscious uses metaphors in our dreams. When we wake up from a dream, we are usually left confused. Our unconscious is not going to tell us the answer so easily because it is up to us to decipher it and find the meaning. Learning how to become a true dream expert, we suggest that you learn the basics first.
Remembering your dreams is a very easy task that requires very little skill and a little practice. If you are the type of person who forgets all the details before waking up, well, there is hope! Before we tell you how to remember your dreams, you should keep in mind that you need at least 8 hours of good quality sleep a day…. Anything less than 8 hours is harder to remember because it interferes with your REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep. If you can only get 5 to 7 hours a day you can still remember your dreams, it may be a bit harder due to the fact that your is more activity towards the end of your complete sleep.
Here is some advice to help you remember your dreams. Learning to remember dreams is like exercising a muscle in your brain. The more you work on it, the more it expands!
Getting started is just the tip of the iceberg. You will have access to a world that you never knew existed within you.
Step 1 - Keep a journal of your dreams:
The recording of your dream should be in a notepad (diary) or on your computer. This could be anything where you can store and record all your dreams. Why keep a dream journal? Keeping a dream journal is vital to remembering dreams because the more information you remember, the stronger your memory will be. Many people who write down their dreams tend to pick up on future events. This ability is called precognition. Many people don't know they have this ability until they record their dreams. The more you record in your journal, the stronger your dream vocabulary will be.
Step 2 - Pen and paper:
Nowadays, people are getting familiar with computers, so keeping a tangible journal is up to your discretion. Writing your dream the moment you wake up is vital. As we said earlier, we lose close to 90% of events in the first minute we wake up. This is why you want to have a pencil and paper by your bed and write as much detail as possible.
Step 3 - What to write:
So what do you write? Basically everything you can remember! Don't even shy away from the little details. Write the. You want to describe each scene in detail as if it were a crime scene. You want to express what the mood was and how you felt. People, colors, and objects in your dreams are very important to write about as they paint a picture for you and make it easier for you to understand. The symbols of your dream should be etched in your brain the first moment you wake up. You don't want to forget anything.
Step 4 - More sleep, more dreams:
The reason some people do not remember their dreams is mainly because they do not get a full night's rest. If you have a busy schedule or do not sleep properly due to external or internal factors, this will cause a fissure. You need a full 7 to 8 hours of sleep to hone your ability to remember your dreams. The reason this is important is due to the fact that our dreams come in cycles and if they are interrupted they will forget most of them. It is best to wake up right after your REM sleep where there is the most activity.
Step 5 - Stop your sleep:
Another great way to remember your dreams is to wake up in the middle of the night and write them down. I know this may seem a bit bothersome, but you should have no problem getting back to bed. By setting your alarm clock at different intervals throughout the night, you will remember dreams more easily and have more to put in your dream journal. Many people who have practiced dream recall are able to automatically wake up in the middle of the night and remember the key symbols of that dream and not forget it when they wake up for the day.
Step 6 - Rewind your dream:
The moment we wake up from a dream it leaves us with the last event as a snapshot of an image. To remember what happened you have to reverse your dream like rewinding a movie. Having a dream is like watching a movie and then waking up at the end. Most of the time we remember the end. In the first second you wake up, you have to get as much sleep as possible. All you need to remember before waking up is the dream you just had.
Step 7 - Slow down, relax:
Everyone would love to relax in their bed all day. We recommend that you take 2 minutes before you wake up, gather your dream thoughts, and prepare to write them down. The moment you start thinking about this or that day is the moment your dream will disappear into thin air. Forget thinking about your work schedule or what to wear, focus completely on your dream.
If you have a lot of thoughts when you wake up, you should try meditating before going to bed. The moment you think about something other than your dream, the faster your dream leaves you. We recommend meditating between 5 and 10 minutes before going to bed. This would not allow you to open your mind and clear the smoke.
Quick tips to remember your dreams:
- Keep a journal of your dreams (see below)
- Have a pen, paper, or tape recorder handy when you wake up.
- Write down as much information about the dream as possible (for example, friends, work, car, etc.).
- Waking up 1 hour before or during REM sleep
- More dream, more dreams
- Rewind your dreams
- Don't rush out of bed, take time to relax and record what happened.
- Before going to bed, say, "I will remember my dreams."
Benefits of remembering your dreams:
Remembering your dreams is totally up to the person. If you find an interest in exploring your mind beyond the memory of your dreams this is the place to start. Sometimes a dream is just a dream, but when you get a dream that you know has meaning, you would want answers. Learning what your dream means and the symbols behind it will open doors for you that you never knew existed. If you are looking for answers or a deeper meaning in life, then starting with your dreams is the first step. In today's world, psychologists use patients' dreams to get to the root of the problem. Not all dreams have a sexual desire that we want to fulfill. Don't be discouraged, but be confident. Once you feel more comfortable with dream interpretation, you will have a new side of life. Your dreams are not only fun but also free. Take advantage of this beautiful gift. Dream out loud.
- It's fun, free, and easy to do
- Become more in tune with your unconscious mind.
- You may have the ability to predict future events
- Learn to dream lucidly
- You will have a new hobby
- Stop recurring dreams.
Why make sense of your dreams?
When you learn to understand and interpret your dreams you will have a more open and clearer view of your life, relationships, feelings, and a clearer view of the affairs of your waking life. Once you know that your dreams are unique and that no other person can have your life experiences, your dreams represent your individuality. When you see the clear vision of your dreams and then you will understand your reality and you will know that knowing the meaning of your dreams will give you a better perspective on life.
Although sometimes our awakened mind is not prepared to face the meanings, our unconscious sees that it is imperative that we face the problems in our life. When you understand the complicated plots and puns of your dreams, your life in the present, the past and the future will be easier to understand. Who knows, maybe you would even better understand the connections you have with certain people and their lives as well.
Famous phrases about dreams:
"Dreams are not meaningless, they are a completely valid psychological phenomenon, wish fulfillment, constructed through highly complicated intellectual activity." ~ Sigmund Freud.
«A dream is the disguised fulfillment of a repressed desire. The purpose of dream interpretation is to remove the disguise to which the dreamer's thoughts have been subjected. It is also a very valuable aid to psychoanalytic technique, since it constitutes the most convenient method for obtaining a vision of unconscious psychic life. ~ Sigmund Freud
“Since dreams provide information about the hidden inner life and reveal to the patient the components of his personality that, in his daily behavior, appear merely as neurotic symptoms, it follows that we cannot treat it effectively only from the side of consciousness, but that we must bring about a change in and through the unconscious. In the light of our current knowledge, this can only be achieved through the conscious and complete assimilation of the unconscious contents. ~ Carl Jung
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- Interesting facts about dreams
- Can dreams predict the future? What are dreams
- Dream interpretation
- Why should we remember our dreams
- Types of Dreams
- Why do we dream?
- History of the meaning of dreams:
- Aspects of dreams to consider their meaning:
- Why remember our dreams?
- Quick tips to remember your dreams:
- Why make sense of your dreams?
- Famous phrases about dreams:
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