Essay on Dreams: The True Form of Therapy

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A dream is the experience of having images, sounds, or other sensations while sleeping. Many dreams come from various activities from throughout the day but some offer symbolic expressions. There is a connection between the conscious and the unconscious that can fill in the gaps of self-knowledge and provide the information needed. Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung have two theories on dreams. Sigmund Freud’s theory was that dreams are an expression of what one is repressing during the time being awake. Carl Jung believed that dreams provide messages about “lost” or “neglected” parts of ourselves that need to be reintegrated. Why do we dream? Dreams are wish fulfillment. They reveal wishes or emotions that one did not realize they had. Dreams…show more content…
The argument of left brain vs. right brain comes into play when dreaming in color and black and white. “The right side controls the left side of the body associated with creativity, and the left side controls the right side of the body associated with logic and reasoning” (Hubpages). The more dominant the left hemisphere is, the more likely they will experience black and white dreams and vice versa.
There are eight different types of dreams, but the three most important are recurring, venting, and wish fulfillment dreams. Recurring dreams deliver messages and will try again and again until the message is received. Every dream is unique to the person and their own experiences. Although, there are common recurring dreams. Most common ones are losing control of a vehicle, having the ability to fly, nakedness in public, being held back or failing a test in school, and the losing the ability to speak. Dreams pertain to certain life situations: it could be a transitional phase or problem that keeps coming back. “Dreams paradoxically protect us from and inform us about unknown truths” (Schneider). Either way it reveals valuable information about oneself. Venting dreams, are dreams where the learning of letting go of the little or big things that happen throughout the day, takes place. Venting dreams are usually nightmares, but end in a positive outcome. They let go of encounters in waking life, allowing for moving on in waking life.
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