Dreams may be ways of confronting emotional drama in our lives, wish fulfilment, unconscious desires and conflicts. There is not usually a simple answer as to why we dream as our dreams convey messages to us in a language we don’t understand.
Fortunately, we do have the ability to study our dreams and interpret the common dream symbols they contain.
Although there aren’t always hard-and-fast universal definitions, the following dream meanings offer a sound starting point:
Manifest content is exactly what the dreamer remembers whereas Latent content is the hidden psychological meaning of the dream. For example, dreaming of flying means that the person’s subconscious is telling him to let go of certain things and let them fall into place naturally. Like this, there are symbols for various common images that occur in our dreams.
Sigmund Freud, a neurologist and the founder of psychoanalysis has talked about these symbols in his theory of dream analysis.
Written by Tanisha Agarwal