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Our dreams bring us to the edge of madness: abysses open up - or paradisiacal worlds. Why? Is it fear, longing or the real us? Dream interpretation has preoccupied people for a very long time.

Status: 06/17/2020

Maybe dreaming is a protective mechanism of our mind to process what we have experienced. Or maybe dreams are just a mental waste product. One thing is certain, each of us dreams, well, almost everyone ...

Dreams reveal a lot about the self, complement each other with the past and reveal secret wishes. The symbols only have to be interpreted correctly in order to obtain a key for the unconscious. Probably the most famous dream researcher, the Viennese doctor and father of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud, followed this approach. In 1900 he published his work "Interpretation of Dreams" and thus entered the path of psychology that had never been trodden before.

Dream interpretation as the royal road into the dark realm of the psyche

Sigmund Freud also dealt with dream interpretation.

Sigmund Freud sees a personal message in every dream: Tell me what you are dreaming and I will tell you who you are - this is roughly how Freud's dream interpretation works. The dream reveals a lot about the self. Decisive is the current situation of the dreaming, but also experiences from his childhood. In the dream, according to Freud's formulation, needs such as hunger or instinctuality are mixed with current experiences, but also with memories. For him dreams were unfulfilled wishes. That was too banal for his pupil Carl-Gustav Jung. He developed a kind of catalog with dream symbols that had to be interpreted.

Dream for Science

However, there are also scientific theses that see the dream as a processing of what has been experienced or simply as a meaningless waste of the nocturnal brain activity. A science that has a hard time, of course, because you can only dream if you sleep and remember.

"Dreaming is the subjective experience during sleep. The dream report is the reminder of what was experienced before waking up."

Dream researcher Prof. Michael Schredl

The Echidna does not dream. Maybe even as the only mammal? In any case, it has been proven that the ant urchin spends its nights dreamlessly. If you measure your brain waves, they show no activity. The eyes don't move either. The Echidna thus saves brain matter, which it urgently needs for survival strategies such as eating.

The surrealists (here the painting "Riddle of the Angels" by Salvatore Dali) use the imagery of their dreams. Only these enable them to immerse themselves in the human psyche. The real person can be recognized in his subconscious - the dream stands for revelation.