Dreams.com offers eight specific techniques for interpreting your dreams. Here is dream interpretation technique six…
Dream Interpretation Tip #6
Role-play your dream images and symbols. Become one of the characters or objects in the dream and describe yourself in detail. Pretend you’re being interviewed as this character and answer questions such as, “Who are you?” “What are you doing here?” “What do you want from me (the dreamer)?” When you’ve completed the role-play, explore how you identify with that role.
The following brief example comes from the journal of a woman recently divorced:
Dream: I am walking along the beach holding hands with Jim, my old high school sweetheart.
Role-play: I am Jim. I am young and strong and involved in a lot of activities. I especially love to travel, and I am not afraid to explore new lands. I am here with you because I feel close to you, and I feel we have a lot in common.
Identification: I am just discovering the part of myself that has the courage to venture out on my own. In fact, I even made travel plans recently, the first time since my husband left.
In each of us there is another whom we do not know. He speaks to us in dreams and tells us how differently he sees us from the way we see ourselves. When, therefore, we find ourselves in a difficult situation to which there is no solution, he can sometimes kindle a light that radically alters our attitude – the very attitude that led us into the difficult situation.
– Carl Jung, as quoted in C. G. Jung: Psychological Reflections