Dog in the dream book – what does the dream about a dog mean?
A dog appears in the dream book very often, not only among the owners of these pets.
The dog in the dream book has various symbolisms related to fidelity, loyalty, boundless love, protection, sense of stability, ability to survive and intuition. However, the interpretation of a dog in a dream book depends on the context, details of the dream and culture, as well as the experiences of the individual. Dogs can also reflect relationships with loved ones and a sense of security.
In a negative context, dreaming of an aggressive or chasing dog may signal conflicts, betrayals and obstacles. A neglected or sad dog in a dream may indicate neglect and underestimation of loyalty. It is worth noting that for people experiencing trauma, such as being bitten, a dog in a dream book may evoke completely different associations.
In the dream book you can find many meanings of the dog appearing there.
Psychologists such as Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud argued that dreams are a window into the subconscious, reflecting our experiences. Therefore, the context in which the dog appears in the dream is crucial.
Sleep is a functional state of the central nervous system, cyclically occurring and passing away in a circadian rhythm. It is characterized by relative immobility and the elimination of conscious contact with the environment. Sleep is assumed to have the following functions:
- serves the biological renewal of the body
- helps save energy
- stimulates neurons
- improves memory processes and the ability to think constructively and concentrate
- protects against external environmental influences.
Physiology of dreams
Contrary to popular belief, sleep is not a uniform period of loss of consciousness in which the brain turns off or calms down and rests. During sleep, there is a cessation of motor activity, loss of conscious contact with the environment and reduced reactivity to external stimuli, but the activity of the nervous system is preserved and is subject to constant cyclical changes.
Research published in the journal Current Biology suggests that the brain can process information and solve problems during sleep. Participants in the experiment, placed in a darkened room, had to classify the words they heard quickly. Their task was to assign them to the appropriate category (animals or objects and real and fictitious words) by pressing the appropriate button. Once participants fell asleep, new words continued to be introduced. It turned out that their brain continued with the task.
After a good night's sleep, your ability to concentrate is also better. Similarly, lack of sleep negatively affects the ability to focus, which is especially important for people who drive motor vehicles and work in difficult and dangerous conditions. Sleep promotes creative thinking because the resting brain creates surprising connections that it does not make when awake. According to scientists, after waking up we are 33% more likely to be able to connect seemingly unrelated ideas, especially if we have worked on them before.
Should you believe in dreams?
Deirdre Barrett, a psychologist from Harvard University, stated at a meeting of the Association of Psychologists that although in the ancient times of human development, dreams (dreams) could only serve the mind to regenerate, today they fulfill another function - they help solve problems.
Dreams have always fascinated us; already in ancient Egypt, priests, at the request of nobles, specialized in interpreting dreams.
Many people are familiar with the psychoanalytic theory of understanding and interpreting dreams. According to this concept, dreams are treated as a manifestation of the subconscious contents of the mind. The creator of this view was Sigmund Freud (1856 – 1939). In 1900, Freud published his first work, "The Interpretation of Dreams", in which, based on the analysis of his patients' dreams, he noticed that dreams come from three sources:
- from childhood
- are remnants of the day (they are a reflection of everyday thoughts, emotions)
- bodily – they are caused by body position, digestive difficulties, pain, fever and other physical stimuli.
Types of dreams according to Freud
Dreams are a form of satisfying unfulfilled desires (wishful thinking), usually sexual. Later researchers confirmed that some dreams may reflect the state of the body. For example, a thirsty person may dream that he is drinking water (compensating for a physiological need), and a person whose feet are cold will experience a dream in which he holds his feet in a basin of cold water. Over time, however, other sources and functions of dreams were also noticed.
Freud's student, Carl Gustav Jung (1875 - 1961) noticed that in the human unconscious there are hidden not only desires, desires and fears, but also creative spiritual energies. According to this Swiss psychiatrist, the human unconscious is divided into individual and collective.
Combining the discoveries of Freud and Jung and later researchers on the subject, we can distinguish the following types of dreams:
- wishful thinking,
- dreams reflecting the dreamer's life situation,
- dreams reflecting processes taking place in the dreamer's psyche and body - before a given situation occurs in the waking world,
- initial dreams.
Division of dreams according to the type of message:
Division of dreams according to time:
- relating to the past
- reflecting the dreamer's current situation
- constituting an announcement of a future event.
The division depends on whether the dream describes a state of mind, body or a real event:
- dreams concerning the sphere of the psyche
- relating to the body (e.g. informing about a disease developing in the body)
- describing a specific situation from everyday life or that may occur in the future.
So what does the dog tell us in the dream book?
In a dream book, where dogs are considered man's best friends, their meaning may vary. They do not always symbolize fidelity, devotion and friendship. A dog, like a wolf, can also represent aggression, cruelty and wild, unrestrained instincts.
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