Dreams have fascinated people since the beginning of time. Already in ancient times, they were seen as signs sent by the Gods to guide men on Earth. Modern medicine has allowed us to nuance this vision by bringing scientific and tangible data. The dream is a psychic creation necessary for the proper functioning of the brain and the body. The interpretation of dreams is associated with spiritualism and a form of esoterism for many people. Dreams express emotions in an abstract way that is repressed by our unconscious. Dream interpretation is not an exact science and varies from one individual to another. What is true for one person may not be true for another. But then how to interpret a dream? How to understand a dream? How to decipher a dream?
What’s a dream?
The dream is a product of our brain during the state of sleep. The dream is a production of our psyche serving to express and evacuate emotions and tensions accumulated during the day. But the dream also has a memory function. Our knowledge acquired during the day is consolidated during our sleep through dreams.
There are several sleep phases, the most important of which are deep sleep, or slow-wave sleep, and REM sleep. During deep sleep, our brain performs the tasks of memorizing and sorting information. The REM sleep phase is a phase of pure creation of our unconscious. It is a time when only the brain is active and the rest of the body is paralyzed. The body does not move except for the eyes which make very fast movements in the orbit. It is during REM sleep that the strangest, most fantastic and fairy-like dreams take place.
We explain in more detail in this article what a dream is.
Is it necessary to interpret dreams?
To the question of how to interpret dreams, we could add the question of whether dreams should be interpreted or not. Do dreams have a hidden meaning? Is there a real interest in interpreting our dreams?
The answer is yes. It is in your best interest to seek to interpret your dreams and understand them. Dreams do not only have a dreamlike and spiritual explanation. Numerous studies have been conducted over the years that have established that dreams have a real interest in the functioning of our brain and our body.
The famous doctor Sigmund Freud is considered one of the greatest specialists of modern psychoanalysis. A large part of his work and his discoveries concern dreams. He established the relationship between dreams and reality. The dream is the means of expression of our unconscious. Our subconscious uses this form of language to send us messages. The analysis and interpretation of dreams are used in therapy and psychoanalysis to help the practitioner and therapist better understand his patient and thus help him solve their issue.
Carl Jung, a few years later, established the relationship between the brain and the body. According to him, dreams are a place of decompression for our brain. They would allow us to evacuate the emotions and information acquired during the day.
All this clearly leads us to believe that dream interpretation is useful and beneficial. Understanding the meaning of dreams is a way of understanding oneself.
Do our dreams have a meaning?
Each of our dreams has a meaning. Their meaning can sometimes be difficult to find and understand because our brain can stage scenarios crazy and incredible scenarios! It is interesting to know how to interpret a dream in order to better understand our personal issues.
There are several types of dreams:
– Creative dreams: they are purely fictional but can integrate elements of reality or memories. They occur during REM sleep.
– News dreams: they deal with information that we have accumulated during the day.
– Recurrent dreams: these are dreams that occur several times with an identical scenario.
– Lucid dreams: these are conscious dreams. During these dreams, we are fully aware that we are dreaming and we can act on the dream and influence the scenario. To learn more about lucid dreams you can read our article on the subject.
– Premonitory dreams: these are dreams that predict the future. We explain in this article how to recognize a premonitory dream.
Each dream has a particular meaning. Some have more importance than others. It is interesting to interpret your dreams in order to better understand your daily life.
The steps to follow to interpret a dream
To understand how to interpret a dream, we must proceed step by step. Dreams do not give us clear and precise information, that would be too simple! It is necessary to take into account the details and to put the information in perspective to obtain a reliable interpretation.
For a quality dream interpretation, you must proceed as follows:
– Write down your dream in great detail
– Find the meaning of each detail by consulting a dream dictionary or a specialized website
– Put in relation the different symbols
– Establish a general meaning adapted to your feelings and what you are experiencing in your life right now.
How to explain a premonitory dream ?
Premonitory dreams do exist and you may experience them. This type of dream happens most often to receptive people who possess a gift of clairvoyance, healing, spiritualism or divination.
A premonitory dream is not really explained, it falls on you without warning. It is possible to interpret them by following the previous method.
To know more about premonitory dreams, you can read our article on the subject.
How to interpret a nightmare?
A nightmare is a dream. It is a bad dream, but a dream nonetheless. It is an expression of buried fear or anger. The interpretation of a nightmare is exactly the same as for a dream.