Dream Interpretation
There are many facts that are unknown about dreams and their meanings. For
centuries, philosophers and scientists have tried to understand the meaning of
dreams. They have all been fascinated by the fact that the content of dreams may
have meanings relating to one's life. Are dreams just thoughts in people's
minds, or are dreams in fact representations of different areas in people's
lives? Dreams represent many different areas of one's life in physical,
emotional, and mental ways. Dreams can relay to people facts about their lives
that they are not even aware of. There are also many ways that dreams can help
cure different physical, emotional, and mental problems in one's life. This
paper will discuss dreams and their meanings, and ways of interpreting a dream
using such methods as hypnotherapy and psychoanalysis therapy that can help a
person in physical, mental, and emotional ways. The first fact that will be
discussed is what dreams are and how they work for people in allowing the person
to discover more about himself. Dreams can be defined as "a conscious series
of images that occur during sleep" (Collier's, vol. 8). Dreams are usually
very vivid in color and imagery. They reveal to the dreamer different wishes,
concerns, and worries that he or she has. Dreams usually reflect every part of
who the dreamer is. The content of the person's dream is usually made up
according to how old the dreamer is and how educated the he or she is
(Collier's, vol. 8). Dreams are not planned out or thought up. The unconscious
part of the mind brings out bits and pieces of information in the dreamer's
mind and places them together. According to Encarta, dreams are almost always
visual. Forty to fifty percent of dreams have some form of communication present
in them and a very small percentage of dreams give the dreamer the ability to
use his or her five senses (Encarta). Dreams allow one to take a closer look
into his mind and himself in a quest for self-discovery. Dreams can be used to
solve all different types of problems. In Sigmund Freud's book, The

Interpretation of Dreams, Sigmund Freud states: "As regards the dream, all the
troubles of waking life are transferred by it to the sleeping state [...]"
(Freud 113). They relay things about a person that the person may not be able to
see. Sigmund Freud says that certain images in dreams sometimes have significant
meanings relating to the person's life. Different objects in the dream may
serve as a symbol (Kalb 77). Symbols in dreams usually mean something much
deeper than simply being an object that just happens to be in the dream. They
represent different areas of one's life that deal with one's physical,
mental, and emotional being. These symbols will relay information about one's
life if these symbols are interpreted. Dreams are "a private language, known
only to ourselves" (Cartwright 5). Dreams have the ability to relieve all
people of their everyday problems in life. They have a way of setting one free
from reality, which includes all of one's problems. Dreams help one to
overcome these stresses and help people to get on with their lives. Sigmund

Freud states, "The waking life never repeats itself with its trials and joys,
its pleasures and pains, but, on the contrary, the dream aims to relieve us of
these" (qtd. in Burdach 474). This statement means that though a certain
experience in a person's life can never happen again, dreams allow the person
to relive those memories, and they can also allow the person to overcome the
stresses of other memories that bother him or her. Memories that continue to
stay in people's minds from their childhood are very often included somehow in
the dream. No memory that a person has once experienced will ever be lost
because it is stored within the person's mind and kept there. A person's
conscious mind is the mind that he uses when he is awake and aware of what he is
doing. The conscious mind has the ability to make distinctions between reality
and the fantasy world. A person is able to think in a reasonable manner and have
a higher order thinking along the lines of placement of time and space. A
person, in this state of mind, has complete control over everything he or she
does including speaking, thinking, and the way that he or she acts around
people. A person can evaluate what is reality and what is not reality while in
this state of mind. Treatment such as hypnotherapy and psychoanalytic therapy
cannot be