Clinical significance from Freudian & non-Freudian perspectives. Examines wish fulfillment, individual interpretations, human v. animal dreams, recurring dreams and group therapeutic approach.
Dreams have an extensive history both as a source of inspiration and as the subject of speculation and interpretation. Throughout history, people have attempted to understand the meaning of dreams or ascertain some divine comprehension through dreaming. They have been described as a response to the neural processes during the sleep cycle, reflections of the subconscious mind, and messages from God or precognitions as to what the future holds. There have been many cultures who have practiced dream incubation, with the intent of cultivating those dreams that contained messages from their source of higher power and prophetic meaning (Crick and Mitchison, 1983).