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How do you interpret dreams?

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One method of interpreting dreams is to write the dream down immediately upon waking, taking note of the emotions, people and activities that occur in the dream, and how these images relate to waking life. Dream images are interpreted based on personal experiences or traditional meanings.

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Dream interpretation is based on the personal experiences that reflect how the dreamer views the images presented in the dream. For instance, if horses are an animal that frightens the dreamer, a dream about horses means something different to that dreamer than to someone who isn't fearful of the animals.

After noting the images and feelings present in the dream, compare the themes from the dream to persistent thoughts or activities in waking life. For instance, a person focused on taking a vacation in waking life may dream of relaxing on a beach as a way to fulfill the wish for a vacation. Along with interpreting the most prominent images in the dream, consider the weather, nearby people, animals or objects, and note how these images influence the dream.

Alternately, use a dream dictionary to determine the traditionally accepted meaning of the images present in the dream. Traditional meanings that are based on Jungian archetypal images are considered common among all peoples.

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