Exploring the Sleeping Mind

Tag: emotion

A Patient’s Fears

A Patient’s Fears

The Dream: “I had rats for hair—long tails growing from my scalp with rats at the end. I was scared and started to pull them out but it hurt and I wasn’t sure if it would be dangerous to my health to pull them out.”… Read More

Why Dream Analysis is Empowering

Why Dream Analysis is Empowering

Recently I was asked how I feel when writing about dreams. Especially after reading the nightmares I analyze, people often think that dream analysis must be somehow traumatizing, but I don’t look at it that way. After thinking about the question, the best answer is… Read More

A Dreamer’s Compassion

A Dreamer’s Compassion

The Dream: “I saw my friend, lying on the ground on his side, outside at night, with his knees tucked in. He seemed to be unconscious. I walked over and got down on the ground next to him. For some reason I wrapped my arms… Read More

When Hell Floods Over

When Hell Floods Over

Warning: graphic and violent content describing a nightmare below. I do not write this for the shock factor but to give an example of how we can gain insight into our suppressed thoughts and emotions from even the most disturbing of dreams. I will describe… Read More

Moving Up

Moving Up

The Dream: “I was in an elevator with the owner and a partner of the company I work for. We were going up to the 176th floor, but the building was swaying so much I was scared.” The Analysis: The dreamer’s relationship with the other… Read More

Are You Smarter in Your Sleep?

Are You Smarter in Your Sleep?

The inventor Thomas Edison used to nap while holding a metal ball in his hand, and as he fell asleep and his hand would relax, the sound of the ball hitting the ground would wake him. The artist Salvador Dali used the same trick, but… Read More

7 Emotions and How They Appear in My Dreams

7 Emotions and How They Appear in My Dreams

Our sleeping minds find abstract ways to express the current state of our mental and emotional health. Oftentimes, our minds will use the same symbolism to work through similar emotions and situations repeatedly. For example, you may dream of being in your childhood home whenever… 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