- The interpretation of dreams has always been an integral part of human existence. Even in biblical times, dreams have been subject to interpretation and representation in every which way. Historical records show that the great men and women of the ancient world placed a lot of faith (and fear) over the mind’s nocturnal (and the not-so-nocturnal) displays of the subconscious self. Although many condone his theories that dreams are nothing more than wishful thinking, it was veritably Sigmund Freud who paved the way for people to think of dream interpretation as a science. However, in order for this line of thinking to continue, it is essential for man to fully understand what the human mind is capable of.
And that is where the problem lies.
The brain is a very tiny organ, as compared to the other organs in the body. It may be stationary. It may also be quite fragile and prone to damage easily. And yet it is the most complex organ in the entire human system. Although there are many theories about how, when and why dreams appear, and even what part of the brain activates nocturnal visions, no one is really sure what the these displays mean or if they are in any way associated with the person’s present, past and future life. It seems that dreams occur almost randomly, and yet there are a lot of instances where the sleeping person can have partial control over these dreams.
So the question remains: is it possible for dream interpretation to become a branch of science?
The answer is yes. It can be a branch of science that can deal with learning about the functions of the brain and / or the workings of the psyche. However, the interpretations itself are dependent on a multitude of variables, including culture, religion, medical history, to name a few. Unfortunately, these variables cannot be fully accounted for in one specific order. For one thing, there are cultures and religions in the world that both praise and condone the meaning of dreams. A person’s medical history is also important. People who have undergone severe trauma may have an overactive subconscious mind that elevates nightly visions into horrific nightmares. It can also work the other way around where the mind is robbed of dreams or simply the actual means of the person to express those dreams.
However, in this time and age, there are still a lot of people who are relying more on possible dream interpretations as a link to their inner self. Not only that, but there are those that claim that the mind has the ability to foresee the future. And this can be done by interpreting correctly these nocturnal visions. This is essentially why do-it-yourself dream analysis is still quite popular. This is evidenced by the fact that there are websites upon websites dedicated to dream analysis and interpretations. Unfortunately, these so-called analysis and dreams are not based on rock-solid scientific research.
And there is that inescapable human failing to go cherry-picking dream interpretations that would either be suitable to the person’s condition (while disregarding everything else) and choosing only those that seem favorable (while disregarding the negative interpretations or vice versa.)