The Purpose of Dreams

By Sharon Brandwein, July 1, 2024

Do Dreams Have Meaning? According to psychotherapist Noah Kass, “The answer depends on whom you ask. Historically, cultures have assigned significance to dreams, seeing them as omens, divine messages, or expressions of inner desires.” Kass notes, “Ancient Egyptian priests viewed dreams as messages from the gods, while Greek philosophers and oracles saw them as insights into the subconscious and prophetic messages.”

He adds, “Sigmund Freud believed dreams reveal hidden desires and unresolved conflicts, while Carl Jung proposed that dreams facilitate communication between the conscious and unconscious minds, helping to balance our psyche.” (3) (13) Bringing the timeline to modern day, Kass says, “Some see dreams as reflections of inner thoughts and emotions, while others consider them spontaneous neural activity without meaning.”

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