Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Why should I pay attention to my dreams? How do I know my interpretation is right?

A: "Dream analysis" or dream "interpretation" is working with your dreams to explore these stories for your own personal insight. It is up to you whether and how much attention you pay to them. If you are wrong about the meaning of a dream, you will often have another dream which corrects the wrong interpretation. It's an ongoing process.

Q: What if I don't dream?

A: Research suggests human beings are born with the capacity to dream. However there may be many reasons why you don't dream, or you can not remember your dreams. For many it is a matter of dealing with the numerous demands of life. Try taking time to note how you feel when you wake, even if you can't remember your dream. This will give you a clue to your unconscious mind activity. If you find yourself daydreaming, doodling or remembering things from your past (even if only for a second) try to take a mental note of them and later write them down. You may start to see issues and eventually you may begin to dream.

Q: Can dreams be stimulated?

A: Yes, there are techniques to enhance your ability to remember dreams. You can develop a habit of noting your dreams on waking (by writing them down or by a tape recorder if you prefer). In the meantime you can keep journals, make spontaneous drawings, or use other imaginative techniques with a similar effect. Once you begin paying attention to your dreams, more dreams will come.

Q: I don't have time to pay attention to all the dreams I have. Does this matter?

A: The important thing is to trust your process. If you find you are dreaming so much that you can't deal with your dreams and your daily life as well, don't worry. Just notice what you can. Eventually you may find your unconscious picks up the rhythm of your external life and you will dream less often.

Q: What about nightmares and other sleep disturbances?

A: If you have one "scary dream" you can treat it like other dreams but note that your psyche might be trying to make sure you pay attention to it by giving you a strong emotional reaction. An on-going problem with nightmares or sleep disturbances such as sleep-walking can indicate a more persistent condition and you should seek professional help from a medically or psychologically trained specialist or clinic dealing with sleep disturbances. People who have experienced traumatic situations often have nightmares in which they re-live the situation. People who have experienced life-threatening situations such as combat may develop post-traumaticess-syndrome (PTSD) which is often characterised by this type of nightmare. If this applies to you, you should seek specialist professional help, which can often be accessed through your Government services, many of which have an Internet presence.