People have always looked to their dreams in order to understand what is happening in their lives. Although hidden behind layers of symbols, dreams offer a less hidden door into what the person is thinking, as long as they can figure out what the dream is saying. As people have been doing dream interpretation for quite a while, and there have been a number of different ways of interpreting them. However, there are some basic families of interpretation when it comes to who is doing the interpretation.
It breaks down to shamanistic interpretation versus Freudian analysis. The shamanistic interpretation tends to look at the symbols more spiritually, as in what the spirits are telling the person, and how to make a better path with their life or solve a problem coming up. The dreams can even be prophetic in nature, giving the person an insight to a problem that has not even happened yet. With that bit of insight a person can save not only himself but his entire community as well. It is just a matter of looking at the dreams and determining what they are actually saying. Although it can take years to acquire the experience to properly interpret dreams it can be worth it to the tribe.
Freudian analysis can be a lot more interesting, but limited as well. The dream interpretation is limited to the person’s well-being, and gives vital insight into how the person thinks and what problems they are facing. As supernatural elements are essentially ignored, this means that the interpretation is limited to present and past. Also, the training can also take years, but is more likely to look at the person’s strictly analytically. Thus it give a vital insight into the person’s issues, and to a degree virtually undreamed of by the shamanic tradition.
Interestingly, the mode chosen also gives insight into the person doing the interpretation. A shamanistic interpretation looks for the good of the community, believing that, as each person is part of the community, their dreams are part of the group subconscious, tying into the Jungian zeitgeist. On the other hand, a Freudian looks at individuals as separate entities, tied to others only tangentially. As such the interpretation itself may be up to interpretation, making for an interesting session either way. Nonetheless, a proper dream interpretation gives the insight it is meant to give, making it a vital skill for therapists to master.