The famous psychologist, Carl Jung, said that dreams are a series of images, which are apparently contradictory and nonsensical, but arise in reality from psychological material which yields a clear meaning. He believed that dreams were a window into the unconscious mind, and that while you’re dreaming, your unconscious mind is working on finding solutions to the problems you face in your conscious mind.
Sigmund Freud believed that all dreams were sexual in nature, interesting but Jung disagreed. He thought that there was a lot more going on than just our libidinous nature, and that it was complicated. It is up to the individual dreamer to unlock the cryptic images in dreams in order to understand their true meaning.
Types of Dreams
Psychologists who study dreams say that there are some common dreams that most dreamers will experience at some point in their dreaming life. These dreams can be categorized as follows:
* Falling Dreams: occur in many dreams and they are hard to forget. * Nude/Naked Dreams: situations where you are unable to cover yourself; you’ve accidently closed the hotel door and you’re naked in the hall. * Floating Dreams: weightless and drifting, could be a good feeling. * Danger Dreams: you see danger approaching but can’t move or cry for help. * Chase Dreams: you’re being chased by some bad guy. * Teeth Dreams: losing your teeth is often associated with your looks and the fear of getting older.
Common dreams are extremely fascinating to researchers because they are experienced by people of all backgrounds, cultures and religions. Almost all dreamers have experienced variations of these dreams at some point in their lives. Researchers also describe 7 specific categories of dreams, which indicate what kind of dream you are having and what it might mean to you.
1. Precognitive: Specific details in the dream will foretell an important event that will happen in the future. These dreams appear to predict the future through the use of our sixth sense.
2. Warning: These dreams tell of an impending danger that requires some corrective action to avoid harm.
3. Factual: These dreams confirm something you already know. They tell hidden truths about ourselves with the various symbols in our dreams.
4. Inspirational: This is a dream that shows something you can do to resolve a problem and make positive changes in your life.
5. Wish Fulfillment: Our subconscious desires become real in our dreams. We dream of winning the lottery, becoming rich, or of some spectacular achievement.
6. Compensatory: These dreams are a way to satisfy something missing in our lives, like meeting a new partner.
7. Reconciliation: When we lose someone because of a breakup or death we must deal with the loss. It is very common to dream of getting back with ex-lovers and reunited with deceased relatives.
Understanding the meaning of our dreams is complicated business and this short note just scratches the surface. We’ll talk some more about this subject in future blogs. In the meantime, take care to have good, restful sleep; and may all your dreams come true.