Getting More Out of Your Dreams

Dreams can be a rich resource for creativity, decision making, problem solving, and self-understanding.

We actually do much of our information processing at night. Dreaming helps us integrate emotional and intellectual material from the day – without the defensiveness that characterizes our waking thoughts. Because we’re more honest with ourselves when we are asleep, we’re often more insightful as well.

RECALLING DREAMS

You may not remember you dreams, but that doesn’t mean you didn’t have any. Everyone dreams at least four time a night. You can learn to recall your dreams by trying to “catch” them first thing in the morning.

Keep a pencil and pad by your bed. Jot down the date each night before you go to sleep. Immediately after waking up in the morning, write down a few lines about whatever is on your mind – even if all you write is, There is nothing on my mind. Within a week or two, you’ll find that you’re remembering plenty of your dreams.

USING DREAMS TO SOLVE PROBLEMS

Everyone has had the experience of “sleeping on a problem” – and waking up with the solution. We can make this process more deliberate by practicing what I call dream incubation. Here’s how you can do it:

Before you go to bed, write down a one-line phrase that clearly states an issue you want to understand better, a problem you’d like to resolve or the kind of idea you need.

Don’t worry about or try to solve the problem at this time. Turn out the light and repeat the phrase over and over – as calmly as though you were counting sheep – until you fall asleep.

As usual, when you wake up, write down what’s on your mind. Sometimes the answer will be straightforward – in the form of a simple idea rather than a dream.

People have used dream incubation to find ways of resolving conflicts with a friend or colleague…streamlining office paperwork…turning around a marketing campaign…coming up with ideas for a presentation.

Other answers may require more interpretation. You might have a dream that helps you understand the situation better, even if you don’t have the information to solve it completely. Or your dream may reframe the question. In rare cases, the dream incubation may not work – if another pressing problem comes up at the same time.

With my clients, I have found that dream incubation leads to helpful insights as much as 95% of the time. It sounds hard to believe, but it’s true.

INTERPRETING YOUR DREAMS

Many people think of dream interpretation as a system of rigid Freudian symbols. Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung were on the right track in taking dreams seriously, but they drew on their cultural prejudices and attached specific meanings to various dream images.

Actually, each individual’s dream metaphors are very private and personal. I encourage people to dismiss their preconceptions about dream symbols and discover for themselves what they think about the images in their dreams. It’s not necessary to understand it. Record the main ideas and themes.

Then set up a dream interview with a friend, a therapist – or even yourself as interviewer – to clarify the dream’s meaning. The dream interview has three major steps:

  • Description. Describe each of the major elements – people, animals, objects, setting, action, and feelings – in the dream as if you were describing them to someone who comes from another planet and has never heard of them. If you are doing a self-interview, you might find it helpful to write down the descriptions the first few times.
  • Bridge. For each element, ask yourself, Is there something in my life – or anything about myself – that’s like this figure or action in my dream, which I describe?”
  • Summary. Tie together what you’ve learned by reviewing each description and its bridge. Think about how the dream as a whole could be a parable about your life.
  • Action. Reread your dream several times, and keep it in mind during the day. Your dream may give you the insight and courage to make important changes.

Though each person’s dream symbolism is highly individual, certain themes often have connotations that are common to many people. Examples:

The examination. In the dream, you’re about to take an important test and you haven’t studied all semester – or you can’t find the examination room. In waking life, you may be facing a challenge for which you don’t feel prepared.

If you are prepared, the dream may reflect simple anxiety. But it could also be a warning that you need to take steps to meet the challenge. Another possibility is that you’re living under such pressure that you never feel quite ready for anything. You may need to reevaluate whether you want to keep functioning that way.

Falling. Dreams in which you are falling have to do with the loss of control. Are there areas in which you’re out of control? Does this present a danger to your career or a personal relationship?

~by Dr. Gayle Delaney

 Getting Centered                                                  How To Change Your Negative Beliefs 

Latest posts by Nudge Domain Admin (see all)

228 thoughts on “Getting More Out of Your Dreams

  1. Pingback: rftrip.ru
  2. Pingback: 3DGofO7
  3. Pingback: 3SoTS32
  4. Pingback: 000-1
  5. Pingback: psy-news.ru
  6. Pingback: sezons.store
  7. Pingback: video-2
  8. Pingback: 3qAIwwN
  9. Pingback: film onlinee
  10. Pingback: lalochesia
  11. Pingback: psy 3CtwvjS
  12. Pingback: TwnE4zl6
  13. Pingback: Dim Drakona 2022
  14. Pingback: psikholog moskva
  15. Pingback: ìûøëåíèå
  16. Pingback: aOuSjapt
  17. Pingback: JGXldbkj
  18. Pingback: Dom drakona
  19. Pingback: sY5am
  20. Pingback: stat.netstate.ru
  21. Pingback: rodnoe-kino-ru
  22. Pingback: filmgoda.ru
  23. Pingback: Anonymous
  24. Pingback: film.8filmov.ru
  25. Pingback: web
  26. Pingback: gidonline
  27. Pingback: movies
  28. Pingback: Ukraine-war
  29. Pingback: stats
  30. Pingback: War in Ukraine
  31. Pingback: bucha killings
  32. Pingback: cleantalkorg2.ru
  33. Pingback: bit.ly
  34. Pingback: netstate.ru
  35. Pingback: Psikholog
  36. Pingback: hdorg2.ru
  37. Pingback: hd-tor-2022
  38. Pingback: film-tor-2022
  39. Pingback: tor-lyubov-i-grom
  40. Pingback: 01211
  41. Pingback: 3NOZC44
  42. Pingback: 3Hk12Bl
  43. Pingback: SHKALA TONOV
  44. Pingback: D6tuzANh
  45. Pingback: qQ8KZZE6
  46. Pingback: DPTPtNqS
  47. Pingback: uels ukrain
  48. Pingback: psy online
  49. Pingback: irida-design.ru
  50. Pingback: vkl-design.ru
  51. Pingback: designmsu.ru
  52. Pingback: design-human.ru
  53. Pingback: YA-krasneyu
  54. Pingback: designchita.ru
  55. Pingback: FILM
  56. Pingback: Netflix
  57. Pingback: ivanesva
  58. Pingback: XVIDEOSCOM Videos
  59. Pingback: Xvideos
  60. Pingback: TopGun2022
  61. Pingback: 9-05-2022
  62. Pingback: gRh9UPV
  63. Pingback: filmfilmfilmes
  64. Pingback: yutub
  65. Pingback: z.globus-kino.ru
  66. Pingback: my-vse-mertvy-2022
  67. Pingback: 3L1poB8
  68. Pingback: 3rrZhf7
  69. Pingback: 3GrvxDp
  70. Pingback: 3J6w3bD
  71. Pingback: 34tfA26
  72. Pingback: uliocx
  73. Pingback: 3rpUI4X
  74. Pingback: lilly baricitinib
  75. Pingback: latisse buy
  76. Pingback: best clomid
  77. Pingback: molnupiravir pill
  78. Pingback: nolvadex buy uk
  79. Pingback: aralen drug class
  80. Pingback: buy clomid cheap
  81. Pingback: Dead-Inside
  82. Pingback: arrogant
  83. Pingback: ne-smotrite-naverx
  84. Pingback: aabbx.store
  85. Pingback: psiholog
  86. Pingback: Suicide Squad 2
  87. Pingback: psychophysics.ru
  88. Pingback: kremlin-team.ru
  89. Pingback: medunitsa.ru
  90. Pingback: KremlinTeam
  91. Pingback: link
  92. Pingback: A3ixW7AS
  93. Pingback: ukraine
  94. Pingback: vechernyy urgant
  95. Pingback: Porno
  96. Pingback: 66181
  97. Pingback: chernaya vodova
  98. Pingback: blogery_i_dorogi
  99. Pingback: bender na4alo 2021
  100. Pingback: podolsk-region.ru
  101. Pingback: chelovek-iz-90-h
  102. Pingback: top
  103. Pingback: site
  104. Pingback: Ukrainskie-serialy
  105. Pingback: video
  106. Pingback: topvideos
  107. Pingback: kinoteatrzarya.ru
  108. Pingback: sildenafil retina
  109. Pingback: projectio-freid
  110. Pingback: psy2022
  111. Pingback: psy
  112. Pingback: buy canadian
  113. Pingback: news news news
  114. Pingback: 4569987
  115. Pingback: Zakhar Berkut
  116. Pingback: paxil generic name
  117. Pingback: neurontin meds
  118. Pingback: priligy and viagra
  119. Pingback: buy viagra
  120. Pingback: rtajwqfe
  121. Pingback: buy cialis toronto
  122. Pingback: cheap tolterodine
  123. Pingback: donepezil price
  124. Pingback: pyridium purchase
  125. Pingback: cymbalta 20mg cost
  126. Pingback: assignment helper
  127. Pingback: doubleu casino
  128. Pingback: Biaxin 500mg pills
  129. Pingback: Cialis 20mg price
  130. Pingback: Cialis 40mg prices
  131. Pingback: Viagra 100mg otc
  132. Pingback: http://droga5.net/
  133. Pingback: pfizer viagra 50mg
  134. Pingback: cialis buy
  135. Pingback: buy viagra
  136. Pingback: generic ventolin

Comments are closed.