This Is What Your Dreams Really Mean

Have you ever woken up from a dream that had you really scratching your head, wondering what the heck it really means?

The famous Swiss psychiatrist and psychotherapist Carl Jung analyzed 20,000 dreams over the course of his lifetime and theorized that dreams were the key to understanding the psyche. Scholars and practitioners who follow his school of thought believe in therapy that focuses on the unconscious rather than the conscious world, and work to help people discover what their dreams are telling them.

HuffPost Lifestyle spoke with Carder Stout, a Los Angeles-based Jungian psychotherapist to evaluate 10 common dream scenarios.

“Dreams are a window into that unconscious part of our psyche,” Stout told The Huffington Post. “You can extract a wealth of important information that is going to help you be a happier, healthier and more evolved person.”

One of the keys to contemplating your dreams and their meanings is to look at them symbolically rather than literally, according to Stout. They are often full of metaphors representing components of your persona that are asking for your attention.

It’s also important to recognize that depth psychology (the formal name for this kind of practice) isn’t the only theory available to address dream analysis. Some believe that the things you do while you’re awake can influence the content of your dreams later that evening — in both good and bad ways. The position you sleep in may either invoke or prevent nightmares, and those who spent the majority of their lives watching a black-and-white television can actually experience most of their dreams in shades of gray.

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