Posted by: Mike Ferruggia | June 16, 2009

Dream Interpretation

I started keeping track of my dreams again a few weeks ago and I’ve gotten lazy. A two minute dream could end up being pages long, but it’s a fruitful exercise because when you write them down, the rest of the dreams usually come back to you. Dream Interpretation can be serious business, and there’s different theories on how to do it. I like looking at dreams because they’re fun and like a puzzle to be solved, like a cryptoquote. It’s funny because I’ve never been good at interpreting friends’ dreams. They always say, no, I don’t think that’s it at all, way off the mark, but I’m sure on some of those ocassions, perhaps they didn’t want to accept what the dream was telling them. I don’t think it’s as complicated as some make it out to be(although I guess that also depends on a person’s psyche and the circumstances they are going through). I also have great interest in the jungian approach because it makes the argument of archtypal images and concepts that arise from our unconscious, and that this unconscious is not just our own but part of a collective unconscious, a wellspring of collective thought that runs underneath it all, and best of all, that we have access to. So, for me, it needs to be explored to see if it is in fact true because it would mean the truth of a collective mind, of a universal mind, of a thread that connects us all. I don’t know if this is true. There’s some anecdotal proof for me, but it is not definitive.

There’s some new stuff on dreams and emotions on Yahoo News today, that dreams are a way for humans to process our emotions, and that sleep deprivation can lead to us not reading a situation correctly the next day. So dream on, dream on, and figure out what your mind is telling you!



  1. Jung\’s theory of the collective unconscious can be seen as a precursor to more modern theories which say that we evolved the ability to dream in order to learn how to cope with dangerous situations as well as important social situations. Since our ancestors often found themselves in similar situations (having to appease a dominant member of the social group, for example), it makes sense that we would share similar images in our dreams.


    • So, Mary Jo, then where do you think the stuff comes from, is from shared experience, or are there times when it comes to us from outside of our personal experience? That’s the crux of the issue for me, in dreams and beyond the dream issue.

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