Exploring the Sleeping Mind

Tag: feelings

The Paradox of Choice

The Paradox of Choice

The Dream: “I was in my car in a parking lot, about to back out of my parking spot. There were kids running around so I was very cautious, looking around multiple times, then backing out slowly. I hit something. I jumped out of my… 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

Next Stop: The Lion’s Den

Next Stop: The Lion’s Den

The Dream: I was on a subway, alone, going to my destination. I was distracted working on something that I can’t remember now. I couldn’t see out the windows. I was nervous because I knew I had to finish my work but didn’t want to… 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

Dreaming to the Extreme

Dreaming to the Extreme

Why do our dreams seem to take situations to the extreme? I never dream about being mildly embarrassed and blushing; it would be a “realizing halfway through my workout that I’m naked and my coworkers are there” type of embarrassed. I never dream that I’m… Read More