How to Interpret A Dream - The Friendly Metaphor
Here is how to quickly work with a dream using what I call functional generalization, or how the dream images work.
Dream: I went to a grocery store and saw a child buying a fish for a pet.
Now, let's break the dream imagery down...
But perhaps "buying" needs to be examined as a funtional
generalization as well. What does it mean to "buy" something?
Now, how about a "child"? If a old man is something very mature, or works to bring us lots of wise experience (or maybe outdated experience), how might a child function?
Finally, I see the child buying a pet fish. We might want to further break this down into "pet" and "fish"
What kind of thing is a pet? How does this work?
If a dog is a faithful companion and tiger is a wild beast, how might a fish work, what kind of animal or companion is a fish?
In my interpretation, I might look at water. What is it? How does it work? What is it like as a part of myself and my life? I'm going to say that water works in kind of a fluid way, sort of like my feelings or things I'm only dimly aware of.
If you interpreted your fish as a water creature, you may have a different view of what water is or does.
Select the Build Interpretation button to see the collection of functions of how things work:
Putting mine all together, I have a kind of jumble: I want to buy something + getting or investing in somthing + a new, maybe immature perspective a companion + a creature that can breath water + fluid emotional and unconscious things.
I can smooth this out and say the dream is about: I want something and when looking for it at that place where I can get it, I see something new. This new thing carries something emotional and wild, but also something that might be a companion.
Finally , I can test the interpretation. A simple method is to say, "Where is my life is this true?" or "How is my life like this interpretation?" or "How might this interpretation change my life?"
After asking myself this question, I listen to myself and the feelings that I am experiencing. Does this interpretation give me a feeling of "Ah ha!" or does it seem distant and unrelated to my life?
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