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The source of dream material

On the issue of the origin of dreams, it is generally accepted that the first source of dream material is the experience of daytime life. As the saying goes, "Think about something during the day and dream about it at night." Here is a dream example to illustrate that the material that forms a dream comes from the residual thoughts during the day.

A doctor saw a mother and daughter walking on the street in a dream. The girl was a patient. The dreamer recalled that the reason was that that night, a patient who was treated by the dreamer told him that her mother did not approve of her continuing treatment.

Someone dreamed of writing an academic monograph about a certain plant. After some association, I found out that the source came from an academic monograph on grass plants that I accidentally saw in a bookstore that morning.

Research has found that some sources of experience did not occur the day before the dream, but occurred a long time ago; but they must have thought about it the day before the dream. It can also be said that something happened the day before that triggered memories of the past. If two or more dream-like experiences occur within one day, the two events may be combined into a whole in the dream.

For example: Someone met two friends at a certain time and place at the same time, one was a prestigious colleague, the other was the child of a female patient with social status, and they did not know each other. The man then chatted with two people at the same time. He recommended a young man to the colleague and asked him to help. After a while, he asked the female patient's child about his mother's health. He heard that she was critically ill at the time. That night, the man had a dream. He dreamed that in a gorgeous living room, the young man he recommended was with some prominent figures in society. It shows that his recommendation has paid off. At this time, he also learned that the memorial service of the female patient was being held in this hall. In fact, the female patient is not dead yet. How to interpret this dream? This is because the relationship between this person and her is not good, so he dreamed that she was dead.

Sometimes, a psychologically significant experience that did not happen recently will be replaced by another small event that happened recently but is not psychologically important during the formation of the dream. Therefore, a dream whose content seems unimportant on the surface can be found to have important content if it is analyzed carefully. For example: A young woman dreamed: She put a candle on the candlestick, but the candle was broken and could not be straightened. A girl next to her scolded her for being clumsy. She replied that it was not her fault...

The day before the dream, she had placed a candle on the candle stand, but it did not break. This was just a small daily thing that she didn't pay attention to at the time, but it was woven into her dream. After analysis, candles are a device that can excite female sexual organs.An object that cannot be straightened when it is broken refers to sexual impotence or impotence in men. Of course it's not her fault. However, how could this well-educated young woman, who was usually unfamiliar with such obscene things, use the symbol of a candle in her dream?

Through the young woman's recollection, she remembered that once when she was rowing on the lake, a group of male students rowed past her and sang an obscene song: "The Queen of Sweden, lying in the closed curtains, holding Apollo's candle..." She didn't understand it at the time, but she understood it after her husband explained it. In addition, she recalled that when she was in school and lived in the school dormitory, she was ridiculed by her classmates for closing the curtains, laughing at her clumsy movements. The relationship between masturbation and impotence has also been mentioned by others.

Although these events that happened a long time ago were psychologically significant experiences for this young woman, they were replaced by the small matter of placing candles the day before and she fell into sleep.

The second source of dreams is childhood experiences, which means those childhood experiences that are no longer remembered in the waking state will reappear in dreams. The more one proceeds with dream analysis, the more one becomes convinced that much of the dream material is derived from childhood experiences. Look at a dream a female patient had during treatment:

She was in a large room with various instruments, as if she were in an orthopedic rehabilitation hospital. She heard the doctor tell her that his time was limited and he could not treat her alone and that she should be treated with five other patients. She refused. She refused to lie in bed and insisted on standing in the corner alone, waiting for the doctor to tell her: "What I just said is not true." At this time, the other five patients laughed at her for being so stupid.

The orthopedic hospital in this dream comes from what the doctor said when he was treating her. At that time, when talking about the time required for psychological treatment and the nature of the disease, the doctor once used an analogy, saying that this disease is like an orthopedic disease, and treatment requires a long time and patience. He also said: "I can only give you a little time now, and I will slowly increase it to an hour and a half for treatment in the future." This female patient is the youngest of six children in the family. When she was a child, she was the most loved one by her father, but she still felt that her father spent little time alone with her. In the dream, she asked the doctor to treat her alone, and the doctor was replaced by her father. The matter of "what I just said is not true" in the dream comes from recent experience: one day the son of one of their hourly workers told them that his mother (the hourly worker) was sick and could not come over. She felt that the hourly worker was sick and must need money. , it happened that it was time to settle the bill for her in two days, so she gave the hourly worker’s salary to the hourly worker’s son in advance and asked him to transfer it to his mother. Afterwards, she was worried and asked her husband if the boy would be on the way. She lost the money and had to pay it again in the future. Her husband made a joke to her and said: "That will have to be paid again." So she anxiously asked her husband repeatedly, hoping that he would say: "What I just said It's not true." The words in the dream revealed the hidden dangers of her stinginess: she just wanted the doctor to spend twice the time treating her, but not charge double the treatment fee. at the same time, the doctor was replaced by her husband. "Standing in a corner" and "unwilling to lie on the bed" all come from her childhood experience: she was once punished to stand in a corner for wetting the bed, and was scolded by her father. Even her five brothers and sisters laughed at her. .

Whether it is a dream of a neurotic patient or a dream of a normal person, the explicit meaning of each dream is related to recent experiences, and its hidden meaning is related to long-ago experiences. In other words, what determines the hidden meaning of dreams is a desire and impulse that is suppressed in the unconscious. These unconscious wishes are always active and never disappear. Therefore, it can be said that the wishes presented in adults' dreams must be the wishes of childhood.

Wishes that have been suppressed in the unconscious can be satisfied and realized, which may be painful for oneself, so it turns into anxiety and even wakes up the dreamer. At this time, because the suppressed desire is too strong and cannot be subdued by the supervisory function, the dreamer may wake up temporarily. After waking up, he will realize that "it turned out to be a dream" and it is not really scary. Then, just like chasing away a fly that disturbs sleep, you will continue to fall asleep. Therefore, it can be said that even anxious and frightening dreams are the protectors of sleep.

Another source of dream material is physical stimulation. Physical stimulation can be classified into three categories: first, objective sensory stimulation from the outside world, such as external bells, light shining on the eyelids, feet stretched out of the quilt to be stimulated, etc.; second, sensory internal and subjective stimulation. Sensory excited states, such as thirst, hunger, etc.; third, interoceptor stimulation of internal organs, such as bladder fullness, sexual organ excitement, etc.

It can be said that physical stimulation is real stimulation, and it is indeed important; but with these stimulations, you cannot fall asleep. When the physical stimulation is strong, the dreamer can wake up, but it may not be incorporated into the dream. As the material of dreams, physical stimulation can only be combined with psychological wishes to enter a dream. Now give a dream explanation:

Once a writer was on vacation in a villa. When he woke up in the morning, he remembered having a very brief and imageless dream. He dreamed that a famous person had died. He was confused and confused. The slight connection was that he had read in the newspaper a few days ago that this celebrity had died, and he was confused. The slight connection is that I read in the newspaper a few days ago that this celebrity had a minor illness. After waking up that day, the writer's wife said that before he woke up, there was a loud honking of car horns outside, but her husband did not hear the sound at all. The sound entered the dreamland and became the material of the dream, woven into the dream above, allowing him to continue sleeping without being disturbed by the sound, thus satisfying his desire to sleep. It can be seen that all dreams can negate or change external stimuli so that sleep can continue.

In short, the reasons for the formation of dreams are very complicated. Because dreams can be caused by many reasons, and any object can be used as the material of a dream image, therefore, when specifically analyzing a certain dream example, the cause of a certain dream image, and its mechanism, sometimes you will encounter many difficulty. For example, thinking can cause dreams, but sometimes "I want to sleep on my pillow and find myself in a dream, but the dream never becomes a lamp and is exhausted.""; Another example is that certain stimulation of the body during sleep can cause dreams, but why do some people have dreams and others not; why do some people have this kind of dream and some people have that kind of dream? , etc. These questions indicate that the causes of dreams and their mechanisms still need further research.

[Master’s characteristic dream analysis]

The above dream interpretations are general interpretations. If you need to know specific matters, you can ask a master to interpret your dreams based on your birth date and the scene when you dreamed:

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