All people have dreams every time they sleep. Not everyone remembers their dreams, but the dreams occur nonetheless. Sometimes the dreams are straightforward, but dreams can be mysterious and incomprehensible. These dreams can confuse the dreamer, leading him to seek interpretation of them.
Pay attention to specific features in your dreams, and keep a record of them in a daily dream journal. You can refer back to this journal when you need to recall particular facts from your dreams. Aspects of dreams that lend themselves to interpretation include: the people you see in your dreams (people you know or complete strangers), the specific events that occur (i.e. a death, a birth, a murder, falling), any specific colors that stand out or if there are no colors, any particular emotions that the dream evoked (i.e. fear, longing, joy), the location in the dream (i.e. a house, a specific room, a specific city, a beach, a forest), any recurring themes or items (i.e. seeing the same person over and over again, a book, a movie), any sounds like a cry, a laugh, a song, and any other occurrences that seem important to you.
Consult a dream dictionary. You can find many different types at your local library or bookstore. They're usually classified alphabetically, and offer meanings to certain events or objects seen in your dreams. For example, if you have a dream about getting a haircut, you can consult the letter H in the dream dictionary and find out what hair and haircuts symbolize.
Consult a psychic or clairvoyant. Many psychics and clairvoyants study dreams and offer interpretations to their clients. They are also highly knowledgeable about symbolism and can offer explanations as to the symbolic meanings of dreams and nightmares.
Consult a psychologist about your dreams. If your dreams are troubling you, a psychologist who may be able to interpret your dream or guide you toward the correct meaning behind your dream by asking a series of questions.
Read the works of dream theorists like Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung, Alfred Adler and Frederick Perls. Many of these theorists have spent years studying and interpreting dreams, and have also recorded their findings for future generations of dreamers to consult to help them figure out their own dreams.
Look at online dream interpretation websites. Many websites on the Internet offer dictionary style interpretations as well as offering forums where people gather to discuss similar dreams and help each other understand their own.
- Take these interpretations with a grain of salt. Most of them are based on superstitions and shouldn't be taken completely seriously. However, if you are relying on the works of Freud and Jung for your dream interpretations, you can rest assured that their interpretations are based on years of research and psychoanalysis. Check the resources section for more detailed explanations of Freud and Jung's theories.
Items you will need
- Dream journal
- Dream dictionary
- Internet connection
- Meeting with a psychic, clairvoyant or therapist
- Works by Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung