Look up dream interpretations?

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Do you guys know some good websites to look up dream interpretations? I was just searching through Google and couldn't find any website that looked reasonable.

Last night I had a nightmare about a tiger chasing me up flights of stairs and even up on ladders, apparently that means that I have to face difficult situations and overcome obstacles, which about fits my situation right now. It's the first time I've had that dream, so it made me interested in keeping track of my nightly adventures some more :smile:
 

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I think dream interpretation is all in the eye...well, erm, brain of the beholder. What a tiger represents to you may not be the same to everyone.

When I try to figure out what a dream means I give it two seconds' thought, and whatever comes to mind I figure that's close enough :biggrin:.
 
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Lucid dreaming, anyone? Its ubercool. Exhausting, but fun. And there's never bad endings.
 
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I think dream interpretation is all in the eye...well, erm, brain of the beholder. What a tiger represents to you may not be the same to everyone.

When I try to figure out what a dream means I give it two seconds' thought, and whatever comes to mind I figure that's close enough :biggrin:.
I don't know about that.. some dreams are just too strange. There seem to be some dreams that occur in populations that are very symbolic and they represent some deep psychology, like dreams where you lose your teeth. I've never studied the subject, so I'm no expert.
 
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It would be hard to study dreams, since you can never know what someone else dreamt. You always have to take their word for it.
Whenever I have a dream, I remember the basics of it for about 10 minutes after I wake up, then it gets more and more nebulous as time goes on. At the end of the day I've probably forgotten just about all of it.
I'll hear people tell me about their dreams they had a few days ago and they're giving me detail after detail. Makes me really doubt they actually dreamt that and instead just like to hear themselves talk.
 
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Hang in there, Monique, I hope things go better soon.
 
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I don't know about that.. some dreams are just too strange. There seem to be some dreams that occur in populations that are very symbolic and they represent some deep psychology, like dreams where you lose your teeth. I've never studied the subject, so I'm no expert.


Try to not interpret bad dreams! I won’t tell you what it means. :biggrin:


I think dream interpretation is all in the eye...well, erm, brain of the beholder. What a tiger represents to you may not be the same to everyone.

When I try to figure out what a dream means I give it two seconds' thought, and whatever comes to mind I figure that's close enough :biggrin:.

Haha, you’re quite right Lisab, the beholder’s environment does have some effect on shaping the meaning of the dream. However, I believe there are other natural symbols [bugs/sun/animals/rivers/mountains…etc] which have an exact meaning… IMHO.
 
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Do you guys know some good websites to look up dream interpretations? I was just searching through Google and couldn't find any website that looked reasonable.

Last night I had a nightmare about a tiger chasing me up flights of stairs and even up on ladders, apparently that means that I have to face difficult situations and overcome obstacles, which about fits my situation right now. It's the first time I've had that dream, so it made me interested in keeping track of my nightly adventures some more :smile:

confirmation bias.
 
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i don't think there's much to be gained from dream interpretation, absent some divine intervention a la joseph and the pharaoh.

just randomization of recent experiences, things that are on your mind.
 
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I had a nightmare about a tiger chasing me up flights of stairs and even up on ladders, apparently that means that I have to face difficult situations and overcome obstacles

Or it might just mean that I finally finished building my tiger costume. :uhh:
 
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you really can't interpret your dreams very well. there are "common" meanings for some things but they fail to take into account all the other things going on, so it's basically a moot point. basically, if i could let go of an apple and have it not drop and said it was because it experienced no gravity, would you believe me? it's one explanation and under some conditions may very well be the explanation, however i could come up with countless other ways to do the same thing, one being a table.
 
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I'll hear people tell me about their dreams they had a few days ago and they're giving me detail after detail. Makes me really doubt they actually dreamt that and instead just like to hear themselves talk.

have you considered the possibility that they are smarter than you? If i remember my dreams i tend to be able to recount most details for a good amount of time.
 
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lol, where did you dig that up? That interpretation would never have crossed my mind.

That's the dream interpretation classic, "The Interpretation of Dreams" by Sigmund Freud, 1899.

P.S. interestingly, that exact same line is quoted in the Wikipedia article about the book (I didn't put it there, I swear.)
 
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That's the dream interpretation classic, "The Interpretation of Dreams" by Sigmund Freud, 1899.

Better watch a porn movie. Better technology, same content :devil:
 
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have you considered the possibility that they are smarter than you? If i remember my dreams i tend to be able to recount most details for a good amount of time.

I could just as easily say I'm smarter because my brain doesn't waste energy remembering pointless things like dreams.
Sounds deliberately offensive to go straight to "smarter than you".
 
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Carl Jung has respected works on dream interpretation.
 
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I'm suspicious of dream interpretation. It may be that there is meaning to general themes like going to school or work naked, or being chased, or falling. However, something specific like a tiger could just be some free association related from the brand of cereal you had for breakfast.
 
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I'm suspicious of dream interpretation. It may be that there is meaning to general themes like going to school or work naked, or being chased, or falling. However, something specific like a tiger could just be some free association related from the brand of cereal you had for breakfast.

Absolutely agree.

For example, when I think of 'tiger' I get a strong emotional response against cruelty, because for me: tiger = circus = people who force animals to perform to "entertain" people (something I detest).

Others won't have that association. Someone else might have an association related to Danger's tiger pajamas. It might actually be a pleasant emotional response :wink:.

So how can there be general guide for dream images?
 
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The best dream interpreter is the dreamer herself. Evolution of metaphor and meaning move me.
 
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I happen to think that it's utterly impossible to have even a broad template for applying really obscure meanings to specific things in a dream. Everyone associates one thing with another, and another, and it becomes a string of syllogisms that don't work for everyone.

What I really want to know is the chemical or biological reason behind dreaming. You need to sleep, but why dream?
 
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I think that dream interpretation benefits the bookseller more than anything.

I suppose there may be specific generic images of a religious nature for religious folk, but aside from that, I really can't see how a dream of a tiger can mean one thing only to all people.
 

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