What is Dream Interpretation

What is Dream Interpretation

By definition, dreams are a series of images, events, sensations, and ideas that come into mind when one is asleep. Different kinds of dreams come to people when they are in different stages and levels of sleep. The purpose of dreams is yet to be proven scientifically, even though they have attracted a lot of religious, scientific and philosophical interest over the years. There are dreams that are more vivid than others and the main difference between these two is the stage of sleep they occur in. In the rapid eye movement stage of sleep, the dreams that occur tend to be more vivid and memorable compared to the dreams that occur in others stages of sleep. In most cases, dreams tend to last longer when the night gets darker and in most cases, people have an average of 3-5 dreams every night, with an exception of few that have up to 7 dreams. Dreams are mysterious to many people and this is the reason why more and more people are venturing into the study of dreams. This way, they are in a better position to explain more about dreams. The scientific study of dreams is referred to as oneirology.

What is dream interpretation?

Even though science and religion have not been fully able to give an accurate interpretation of dreams, people over the years have developed methods to give meanings to dreams. In many societies, dreams have considered being communication between supernatural beings and humans. Dreams have therefore been considered to involve supernatural forces and the people interpretation was therefore done by people considered to have supernatural powers. This was however in the past. Today, several schools of thought, neurobiology, and psychology have come up with theories on the meaning of dreams and how to interpret dreams. Most of the theories used to interpret dreams today are based on the Freudian Theory of dreams in countries.

History of dream interpretation

People have been interpreting dreams since civilization. Due to the great diversity and isolation of human civilizations in the early years, different people in different regions interpreted dreams differently. According to ancient Egyptians, for instance, dreams were considered to be messages from the gods. Records recovered 1300BC from a Dream Book contained 200+ messages delivered by the gods to ancient Egyptians. The dream interpreters in Ancient Egypt translated dreams to be opposites of real dreams. For instance, a dream on drought, hunger, and starvation, would be translated to mean that there will be plenty and productivity. Another theory used by ancient Egyptian dreams interpreters were that dreams were a record of the adventures undertaken by the soul when the body fell asleep. In other African societies, dreams were and are still considered to be important and part of day-to-day life. For instance, the Zulus believed that battles in dreams really took place in real life and used this theory to explain why warriors woke up sore muscles.

Midsummer Nights Dream Interpretation
By Edwin Henry Landseer

Ancient Greeks and Romans also shared some beliefs with the ancient Egyptians. They also believed that dreams were important and messages from superior creatures. This belief was shared by almost all schools in human civilization that aimed at accurately interpreting dreams in the early years of civilization. However, the ancient Greeks and Romans deviated a little from the other beliefs of the Egyptians concerning dreams. They believed that dreams were divine messages and they even set up sacred places where people would go to dream. These people were administered with concoctions and herbs to induce sleep and the dreams they had were considered prophecies. In the later years of civilization, another theory was also developed by the Greeks on dreams and dream interpretation. Plato wrote in an article that dreams occur when the soul is party asleep and the voice of reason has been silenced. When this happens, the subdued beast in human beings awakens and it only seeks to fulfill its instincts without prudence and shame. This explains why some dreams are very wild and unrealistic in real life.

Modern interpretation of dreams

In modern times, interpretation of dreams is very derivative of the ancient Roman and Greek theories. In addition to these theories, modern dream interpretation reasons that dreams are not only prophesied events and predictions of the future. According to an article written by Jung on the modern interpretation of dreams, dreams and the people experiencing them are not mutually exclusive. In addition to being impossible to separate the dream from the dreamer, there is also no accurate and straightforward way to interpret any dream. This, therefore, means that every dream is unique to the dreamer and even though two people experienced the exact same dream, there may be a different translation to the same dream.

Why people have dreams interpreted

Generally, most people think that dreams have a very important role in human life. There are people that take dreams very seriously and they believe that all dreams have a deeper meaning. In most cases, dreams that people have tend to affect their real-life decisions. For instance, some people may end up canceling their trips, flights and other activities because they had dreams in which bad things happened to them during these activities. In most cases, these people cancel their previously planned activities due to the dreams even without formal warning from the authorities on the possibility of risk.

Common methods of interpreting dreams

As mentioned above, dreams are complex and mysterious and it is very difficult to accurately interpret dreams, leave alone understand them. Dreams tend to be very volatile and the contents of the dream can change very rapidly so that it may be impossible to find the pattern of dreams. The contents can also be very vivid and frightening with bizarre features and occurrences, which leads many people to strongly be convinced that there is a deeper meaning to dreams. Even though science has not been quite able to give a demonstration on the purpose of dreams, researchers and experts have proven otherwise; dreams have a meaning. There are different schools of thought that are used as methods of interpreting dreams and some of them are listed below.


Bill Domhoff on dream interpretation

This school of thought states that dreams are a reflection of the real life of the individual. According to Domhoff, an expert in dreams and dream interpretation, dreams are as a result of neurological processes in the brain, and the content of dreams, therefore, reflect the concerns and thoughts the individual in real life. An average of 70-100 of the dream content of an individual can be used to give a rough psychological picture of the individual in real life. This can be translated to about 1,000 dreams to give a very accurate picture of a person’s mental state. The accuracy of this picture can be as accurate as of the individual’s fingerprints.


Calvin S Hall on Dream Interpretation

Calvin S. Hall documented that dreams are just part of a cognitive process and that the brain viewed dreams are conceptions of the elements we interact with in real life. According to this theory, the main aim of dream interpretation is not only to understand the dream but to also get to know more about the individual involved. In order to get an accurate picture of the two, it is important to consider the actions the individual was involved in during the dream and the figures and objects in the dream. It is also important to understand and get a clear picture of the actual interactions between the individual and these objects in their dream and also the setting of the dream.

Carey Morewedge and Michael Norton

These two are researchers and they set up an experiment that involved 1,000 people from South Korea, USA, and India. A few of these people, mostly the college and university students, believed that dreams are simple responses by the brain to random and normal stimulations. A larger population of the people involved in the study, however, said that dreams are a reflection of the individual’s desires and urge. From the study, it was also discovered that the weight attached to dreams by many people depends on their individual biases. For example, people tend to remember and take seriously the bad dreams they had about people they hate and dislike and good dreams of the people they love and are fond of. The interpretation of the dreams by individuals is also influenced by the current situations of the individuals, beliefs they have about themselves and other people around them, and also how they perceive the world around them. All these factors determine how different people respond differently to different kinds of dreams they have.


Dreams have been and remain to be mysterious for the human brain to contemplate and all that is left is speculation of what dreams are and what they mean. While there may not be any significance in dreams, they greatly determine the future of many people. Depending on the seriousness attached to dreams, they may end up being a self-fulfilling prophecy. People interpret dreams differently and the reality of the dream to the real life of the individual greatly varies depending on their belief about dreams.

What Does It Mean When You Dream About Your Crush?

What Does It Mean When You Dream About Your Crush?

We dream an average seven times per night but barely remember what we dreamed about. This explains why many people claim they never dream but studies reveal that it is highly unlikely for a person to sleep through the night without dreaming. In fact, a dream could last 45 minutes and the subjects of our dreams are as many and unique as our waking circumstances.

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While some dreams are easy to dismiss as nothing but the musings of the subconscious, it is impossible to ignore the recurring dream especially the one about a crush. They are people we have an intense infatuation for but keep our feelings inside because we feel that a relationship with them is unattainable. You feel incredibly shy and giddy around this person but they are constantly on your mind.

It is normal to dream about your crush because, hey; you think a lot about them. It is oddity however if this is a nightly event that won’t go away despite your efforts. In such cases, an interpretation may suffice. Dreams may hold clues to your future or reveal your deepest desires. When we sleep, the subconscious is free to paint pictures using scenarios that we were in during our waking moments. Some dreams may involve people in our lives and that includes a crush or person you have a deep liking for. A dream about your crush may be unique to your situation but we have some common ones and their possible meanings.

Dreams about your crush

Kissing your crush

This is a common dream that symbolizes harmony, love, and affection. It is your mind’s way of expressing a desire in your waking life to be close to this individual. If your crush initiated the kiss, it is an indication that you want them to make the first move. If you initiated this kiss, chances are that you don’t have the guts to do it in real life. Maybe you are afraid of rejection and can only live the scenario in the dream state.

Making love with your crush

The possibilities are endless and you can dream just about anything. If you were making love with your crush in a dream, you are ready for a serious relationship. If you are in a relationship and have this dream; it means that you need more love. There is a void in you that only love can fill.

If there were kissing and lovemaking in the dream, this is a strong indication that they may be your soul mate. If the dream involves marriage and kids with your crush, this isn’t really a prediction of the future but a testament that you lack goals.

Arguing with your crush

Don’t wake up feeling stressed and sad after an argument with a crush in your dream. It is not a sign that you are incompatible but rather, a symbol of conflict or tension in your waking life. On a more positive note, the argument in a dream may also be a message that your psyche is ready for you to be more than friends.

Dreaming about an old crush

Maybe you stopped having all those mushy feelings about someone and then suddenly, they pop up in your dreams. When this happens and you are single, it probably means that you have feelings for that person. If you are in a relationship it could be that you are anxious about not reaching your capacity. Dreams of this nature may occur when you are reminiscing about life and the value of relationships. It could also happen because you are deeply considering a big life change.

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Getting rejected by a crush

Unless you are feeling rejected in your waking life, this dream may be a sign of good luck in love. According to ancient folklore, dreaming of being rejected over and over by a crush may mean that there are better things waiting in your life. Such a dream may also point to your impending positive inner transformation.

Being ignored by your crush

If your crush didn’t pay any attention to you, it is probably because you are ignoring something crucial about yourself. Such dreams are often signs that we should look deeper into ourselves. We should get on a path to self-improvement and maybe the crush will take notice.

Your crush likes someone else

This may be a devastating dream especially if you were hoping to develop a romantic relationship. However, dreams shouldn’t be taken literally but as a sign. In this case, it may be a reflection of your feelings of abandonment. You may be feeling like you don’t match up to the possible dates of your crush. This dream is as a result of your insecurities.

Reconnecting with your crush

This means you are missing the person and wish to get back with them. If this is a childhood crush you are getting back with, it means that you may receive some good news. It may also be your spirit guiding you to reunite with this person you liked in your childhood.

Having a crush on a stranger

You wake up in amazement, from a raunchy dream where you had a big crush on someone you have never met. Is it a sign or simply your wild imagination? Such a dream means you feel socially vulnerable and need to express your feelings. The subconscious is simply telling you to get out and have some fun. You are hiding away from the world which could take a toll on you.

Having a crush on a friend

Most people feel anxious when they have a dream indicating that their friend is their crush. Unless you have secretly wished to develop a romantic relationship with a close friend, this dream often means that you crave happiness.

Having a crush on a teacher

People are very concerned when they dream about having a crush on their teacher. This mainly happens to teenagers but it doesn’t necessarily mean they want to have naughty interactions with their tutors. Dream experts say that teachers in such dreams are symbolic of growth and development. In old stories, teachers in dreams are often an omen of good luck.

Death of your crush

Isn’t this the saddest thing? A dream about a crush dying should be concerning because is not positive. In many cases, it is an indication that you need to end something in your life. In drams, death is symbolic of transformation and new beginnings.

Ignored by your Crush

Someone else’s crush

If you frequently dream about your partner’s crush, then you are possibly thinking a lot about your relationship. It could also be that you are jealous or frustrated with your partner’s crush. This dream could also mean you are thinking so much about a possible future with this crush. This dream may also simply mean that your life’s biggest desire is to be with this crush.

Someone has a crush on you

This means you are at a point where you are feeling good and proud of yourself. Dreaming that someone has a crush on you may represent new opportunities in your life and excitement you may have about your life.

Your crush likes you back

If the feeling in your dream is that the person shares the same feelings, it may not be the case but just that you are feeling optimistic. You are confident that you deserve to be liked back by those you like. If you are having positive dreams about your crush, it may be your mind’s way of telling you to make your feelings known.

Celebrity crush

We all have our celebrity crushes (whether we like to admit it or not) and more often than not, we dream about them. When you dream about your celebrity crush, don’t be deceived into thinking that you will soon be together. This is just your subconscious revealing your desire for a person in your waking like who shares the qualities you admire so much in this celeb.

Crush is gay

If you are straight and dream of having a lesbian crush, does this mean you are secretly gay? Or are you gay and dream about having a crush on a boy? Could you be harboring straight inhibitions? Don’t beat yourself up so much about it because a gay crush when you are straight is only symbolic of self-love, compassion, and acceptance.

On the flip side maybe you are uncomfortable with homosexuality and this dream is a reflection of your anxieties or insecurities about sexual relations with the opposite sex. A gay person having straight crush dreams is unexplored but it could also point to anxieties about straight sexual feelings.

Crush on someone you dislike

This is the kind of dream that challenges your beliefs about yourself. This doesn’t mean that you secretly harbor feelings for this person. It is often a reflection of your desire to get away from something unpleasant. It is also a sign that you are frustrated that you will never be mean to someone, embarrass them or get revenge on them in real life. While it is not always the case, you might actually have a secret crush on this person but wouldn’t care to admit it.

Your crush knows you like them

How embarrassing! Not really though. To dream that your crush discovered you like them symbolizes change. It means that you are discovering something new about yourself and are ready to make necessary changes. While this dream may be indicative of your inner worries that your crush might discover what you really feel, it is often an indication of transition and making new discoveries in life.

Getting a message from your crush

You might dream that the person you like sent you a text, letter or message in another form. This means you’re eagerly waiting for communication from them. Getting a love message from your crush may also mean that you feel a deep connection with them. Follow any advice in this message because it may be something that your mind is trying to tell you and not necessarily something your crush would say.

Your crush hugging you

This means that you are embracing the idea of having a crush on someone. Also dreaming about your crush hugging you may reflect your readiness to embrace your reality rather than trying to fight it. Dreams of hugging your crush point to the fact that you’re a loving and caring person.

Alternatively, to dream that someone is hugging you means you should try being less guarded, allow yourself to heal emotionally. Hugging represents embracing a situation, behavior or person. It may also be a symbol of relief after escaping a dangerous situation or when you miss someone dearly.

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Why do I dream about my crush?

There are many possibilities about dreams involving crushes or people we have a strong liking for. It may be impossible to list every one of them but there are some general takeaways as to what dreams about our crushes are about.

  • Having this dream is often an indication of our anxieties about whether we are worthy of love. They are an indication of a strong desire for something that you think of as impossible to achieve. You may also be thinking that you are unworthy of something in your waking life. If this is the case, you need to change your mindset and develop a positive attitude to keep this dream at bay.
  • This dream may also be simply because you think too much about your crush. You spend most of your time daydreaming of the possibilities if you were together and this manifest in your dreams.
  • Dreams about a crush may be a sign of exciting opportunities and good luck. These don’t have to be about your crush, but just that an opportunity for a great relationship is afoot. This dream may mean that new career and business prospects are coming by.
  • Constantly dreaming about a crush may mean that you have unexpected possibilities that seem out of reach.

To fully understand what a dream may be trying to tell you, it is important to remember how you felt, what you said and your current life situation. Is the dream expression of your desire or is it totally random? Do you feel positively or negatively in your current situation?

Are you on a quest for something and are facing multiple roadblocks? Does the dream involve a stranger or someone close? Answering these questions with total honesty will bring you closer to understanding the true meaning behind any dream.