Therapy is the use of dreams and the dream state to
accomplish physical and emotional healing.
therapy has a long history. Hippocrates in the 5th
century B.C. promoted it for bodily well-being and mental tranquillity.
After being largely eclipsed in the middle ages, it came to the fore
under the leadership of the great French physician Philippe Pinel,
noted for his humanitarian methods, emphasising the psychological
the turn of the century, Sigmund Freud made outstanding
contributions to the psychology of dreaming, and expounded his views in
The Interpretation of Dreams, published
in 1900. Although some of Freud's stereotyped dream symbols have since
been rejected, most modern studies are grounded in his insights and
are illusory or hallucinatory experiences in which facts perceived by
the dreamer are the product of wishes or fears.
is a divergence of opinion as to whether or not dream
therapy can be viewed as an "alternative" health practice, although
many psychoanalysts use dream interpretation to facilitate their
analysis. It is also a popular self-help process. The theory behind the
latter being that dreams can be influenced prior to going to sleep —
the conscious mind and the unconscious awareness working
for example, you are suffering from a minor complaint, and think
positive thoughts about overcoming the problem prior to sleep, it will
have a beneficial effect.
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From: Edwards, H.
Complementary, Holistic & Spiritual Healing, Australian Skeptics