How Dreams Have Symbolic Meaning Essay

753 Words Oct 11th, 2016 4 Pages
This week’s myth was on research showing that dreams have symbolic meaning. This psychological belief goes all the way back to Freud, who stated that dream interpretation was not universal, even though he treated it like it was. I was most surprised to learn that this belief actually stems from the late 1800s to the early 1900s. I knew it wasn’t a new belief, but I did not know that belief was over a hundred years old. This myth has persisted because we believe in a subconscious self, and we want to believe that we can understand said subconscious self. We want to believe that dreams have meaning, we assign labels and meaning to almost everything. Humans love to categorize things, including dreams. This kind of reminds me of the handwriting myth because you are asking an outside person to interpret something, and if you asked 10 equally skilled people to photograph or paint a flower you would have 10 different looking pictures because it is from 10 different viewpoints. If you actually look at these dream dictionaries, one thing can mean over one hundred different things, depending on what source you go to. The book actually outlined the kernel of truth here, that our daily thoughts and feelings can influence our dreams, and emotion plays a powerful role in dreaming (Lilienfeld, Lynn, Ruscio, & Beyerstein, 2010). When I was a waitress, I saw a really bad car accident on my way to work. I had a very stressful day of work where I served a lot of families with babies. My…

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