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Dream analysis is a collection of practices that allow people to explore the meaning and significance of a dream. Although it is possible to analyze one’s own dreams, such self-exploration is usually limited. A person can discern things in another person’s dream much more effectively than in one’s own dream. Dream analysis groups, such as those developed by Montague Ullman, are perhaps the most effective way to discover the emotional themes and concerns of a dream.

Dreams show the operation of the mind when thoughts are not communicable. The dream compresses many of the major concerns of the present with memories of the past. A clinician can often derive, more quickly and clearly, an understanding of a patient’s primary psychological concerns from an examination of the ...

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