What is a Dream?

A dream is a repeated series of images, actions, feelings and emotions that involuntarily occur in the mind usually while asleep. The interpretation of dreams is not completely understood and has been a topic of scientific, philosophical, religious and psychological interest throughout the history of mankind.

In the ancient times, dreams were believed to be used for communication with Gods and receiving signs from them. In certain tribes, spiritual activities were carried out to receive certain dreams which were taken as guidance for the tribe. It was also believed that the interpretation of dreams was dependent on the time of the day and state of mind of the dreamer. In Islamic culture, dreams were used for a connection with God and exchanging messages, known as Divine Dreams. During the beginning of the 19th century, the interpretation of dreams was taken to the next level. Two psychiatrists Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud concluded in their research that dreams were an interaction between the unconscious and the conscious mind. This understanding changed in the late 19th and 20th century, that the unconscious mind was the main part responsible for dreaming. Jung and Freud forwarded different views in terms of the understanding and meanings of dreams. Jung believed that every person in a dream was a representation of different characteristics of the dreamer.

It was also argued that dreams are rejected and supported parts of the self projection. Fritz Perl stated that lifeless dreams serve to show traits and features of the dreamers. Hence, in order to understand the context of the dream the dreamer must imagine the objects in the dream as relating to the person’s individuality. This shows that the meaning of the dream is totally dependent on the individual dreamer. While analysing your dream, it is important to symbolise your mood, feelings, memories from your sub consciousness.

Dreams have a highly deceptive appearance in nature which means that images in dreams are a combination and mixture of different places, people and things. There is a subconscious part of our brain which holds information and makes our dreams. However, this does not mean that dreams are never real. Some of our dreams are believed to be visions of the future.

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