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The Two Types of Dreams and Why They Matter

The Two Types of Dreams and Why They Matter

Early last night, I dreamed I was at the dance studio I own, checking clients in as they walked in for class. Everything felt like a normal day at work: a typical setting along with the same stress I have each class that we will… Read More

The Basic Steps of Dream Analysis, Part 1

The Basic Steps of Dream Analysis, Part 1

The ID dream analysis method uses the following steps to record, analyze, and learn from our dreams. The moment you wake up, write down a quick overview of the dream in one to three sentences. This must be done immediately, before you forget. As soon… Read More

The Basic Steps of Dream Analysis, Part 2

The Basic Steps of Dream Analysis, Part 2

Now that you have a full inventory of your dream as outlined in Part 1, look for connections between the details of the dream and the details of your waking life. In our brief and simple example, we have the following elements: childhood, melancholy, solemnity,… Read More

The Limitations of Dream Dictionaries

The Limitations of Dream Dictionaries

There are many resources available offering quick, straightforward interpretations of dreams in a simple format such as a dream dictionary. Some resources draw from common imagery; for example seeing a dog in a dream would generally be interpreted to represent friendship or loyalty – “a… Read More

The Value of Dream Analysis

The Value of Dream Analysis

In our hectic lives, it can be difficult to fully accept and even understand our emotions. Feelings such as fear, sadness, and insecurity are crowded out by distractions or replaced by “better,” happier emotions. Our unspoken hopes and desires are silenced by everyday demands on… Read More