Learn How to Interpret Dreams with These 7 Easy Steps from Sigmund Freud

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Do you struggle to understand the symbols in your dreams ? Are your dreams are so vivid that you remember them long after you awake?

Perhaps you might need some help interpreting the symbols and messages “coded” within your dreams. Dreaming is something that everyone does nightly, but few scientists can agree on why we dream. Understanding where dreams come from will bring deeper insight and more awareness of these mysterious psychic forces.

Sigmund Freud was the founder of psychoanalysis, and his research focused on dreams and the unconscious mind. If you use the methods found in his most famous book, The Interpretation of Dreams (1900), you may gain a deeper insight into what your unconscious mind is telling you:

  1. “Every dream has a navel, connecting it with the unknown…”
  2. “It has the profoundest meaning in places where it seems most absurd…”

The unconscious mind is an irrational force, so even in the most “normal” dream there is a sense of surrealism. That’s the “profound” power of dreams, bringing together images and thoughts, which at first seem unrelated, but are actually very deeply connected within the collective.

It could be the smallest detail of the location, object, or even a person’s face.

 3. “[Every dream] is the fulfillment of a wish…”

4. “The wish manifested in the dream must be an infantile one…”

This is because our unconscious mind is so deeply connected to the past memories of childhood. Critical periods of growth and development happen in our brain during infancy, which leads to the pattern of thoughts and behaviors that follow us into adulthood.

Our hopes and dreams of inner childhood fantasy live on forever in our dream worlds.

5. “The reason why we dream is because it is a product of the unconscious, which knows no other aim …. but the fulfillment of wishes, and which has no other [feelings] … but wish feelings….”

6. “The unconscious is the real psychic…”

Remember, however disturbing the images in our dreams may seem to us, they are all products of our own imagination. They are part of of our unconscious mind, which is rooted in our childhood memories and wishes.

Freud himself advised that, “The virtuous man contents himself with dreaming that which the wicked man does in actual life.” A cautious reminder to respect and take care of our unconscious mind.

7. “Unexpressed emotions will never die. They are buried alive and will come forth later in uglier ways.”

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