People love to interpret dreams. Many times, they are close to the meaning, but have difficulty because it is difficult to be objective about your own dreams. When you interpret dreams as a therapist, it pays to take an incisive analytic view of dreams that assumes that each living thing or spirit or being in a dream is part of the dreamer’s psyche. Taking this point of view agrees with the recent movie Inception with Leonardo Decapprio. This first level of dream is the most difficult, but is often the most rewarding. Accuracy of dream interpretation at this level can be as high as eighty or ninety percent. Accuracy of therapeutic interpretation often drops to about fifty percent at the second and interpersonal level of interpretation. The therapist can seldom know enough of the details of the dreamer’s life, unless the person has been in psychotherapy for a long time. Dreams often do not mean what they look like at face value. Let’s consider an example. Suppose that a thirty-two-year-old man dreams that an alcoholic he despised in high school dies. What might this mean at the first level? Any and all sincere responses will be viewed as valuable and will be respected because as we exchange information, both of us can learn important information. So what may it mean when a man you despise dies in a dream?
© Steven G. Fox 2013