People often ask me what therapists do with dreams, to which I respond, “It’s nuanced and highly individual.” These people then often seem surprised or disappointed that there’s not some blanket interpretation for their dreams.
I thought this snippet from an interview with psychoanalyst, Stephen Grosz, teases out the answer to the question a little more. So often, I think people are compelled by concrete interpretations of every aspect of their dreams. There are even manuals about symbols and colors that people keep at their bedside. While these manuals can be helpful, other elements like how you remember the dream or even how you tell the story of what you remember are just as, if not more, important as dream content. See the link the NPR story below.