In this video I define what a professional Dreamologist is and what they actually do in relation to dream research and analysis. I also cover what a Dreamologist typically is NOT and what things they do not usually represent themselves as in association with dream studies, dream works and dream interpretation.
In this lecture I want to properly answer the question: “what is a Dreamologist”. I want to explain in detail what is it is that a Dreamologist actually does for a living. I want to read you two separate definitions then elaborate further upon their meanings. It is also my intention to spend a fair amount of time in this lecture clearing up some common misconceptions of a Dreamologist'’s duties and the dynamics of the profession.
According to UrbanDictionary.com: “A dreamologist is a person who devotes their time to the study of dreams, what dreams mean and why a person may be having a specific dream”. This definition is somewhat accurate, but a bit lacking in explanation for my taste. Here is a more accurate and fitting definition of the term dreamologist: “
“A Dreamologist is a certified psychotherapist who specifies in the practice of dream analysis and interpretations. They have studied various aspects of the human mind and psyche as well as the identification of visual and physical relations to the human eye. Therefore a dreamologist can correctly connect what the dreamer is subconsciously dreaming about to the reality of his or her own life.”
For a moment let’s touch on what a dreamologist is not and clarify the things they typically do not represent themselves as, as a practitioner in the field and study of dreams.
- A dreamologist is not a psychic or fortuneteller. Often times when speaking with potential clients or practitioners in the field of psychology when greeting them with, “Hi, I’m a dreamologist and psychotherapist that specializes in dreams and dream analysis” unfortunately they visualize me performing fortunetelling and using horoscopes to interpret dreams for my clients. While we’re on this topic I’d like to take a moment to acknowledge that the purpose of this lecture is not to discredit any practitioners who claim to be psychic or resort to horoscopes and fortunetelling in their line of work. While I do not personally use these methods when working with my clients, I do respect the professionals that specialize in these areas of practice. This is because I believe that many of the ideals behind those practices may come from some valid truths of the past in ancient mythology and the various religious practices of the world. I also want to make very clear that I do not perform dream interpretations with the intentions of telling a person what I think may happen in their future. I do not claim to specialize in dream premonitions either. My professional stance is that of a trained dream analyst who performs the art of dream interpretation from a psychological health and wellness standpoint for psychotherapeutic purposes.
- A professional dreamologist should not represent himself or herself as a religious leader or spiritual guide. This means that we do not typically adhere to any particular religion or exclusive belief. I personally maintain a certain respect for the religious and spiritual beliefs of all of my clients and website visitors. The term for this particular stance is known as inter-religious; which is defined as the cooperative, constructive and positive interaction between people of different religious traditions and spiritual or humanistic beliefs at both the individual and institutional levels. I’m personally inclusive to atheists, agnostics, humanists and other non-religious persons. I would like to think that any other individual claiming to be a practitioner of dreams would possess the professional decency to refrain from attempting to persuade or convince their clients to adhere to their chosen religious beliefs or spiritual perspectives. This is because everyone dreams and from a psychological standpoint it would perhaps, in my opinion, be completely absurd to suggest that dreams can only be properly interpreted from one religious position or spiritual viewpoint.
- A dreamologist is not a hypocrite or individual that specializes in trying to tell people how they should or should not live their life. This is a hot button for me, and something I've been explicitly taught not to do when consulting with individuals regarding their dreams. Many have this preconceived notion that the average dreamologist uses dream meanings to encourage an individual on how they should live their life. This is an incorrect assumption.
So for starters, I am a psychotherapist that works with individuals regarding their dreams and their potential meanings. Technically I guess you could also consider me a dreamologist because I have devoted a large amount of my time, energy and education to the concepts of dream psychology and dream analysis.
Let’s use an analogy to further explain my particular angle when consulting my clients about their dreams. Imagine being lost in a foreign country. You then come across a local who speaks the native language and who understands your map. What they would end of doing is helping you decipher the map’s meaning so you know where to go. However, the native isn’t going to personally drive you to where you need to go. It’s your duty to use the map’s interpretation to get yourself from point A to point B. As a dream analyst I have been taught specifically that it’s not my right to force my will upon someone.
In regards to avoiding becoming a hypocrite of sorts it’s important for you to know that most well trained dreamologist constantly analyze and interpret their own dreams on a daily and weekly basis. After all, it would be almost impossible to claim to have the necessary training and ability to interpret the dreams of others if I can’t even understand and learn to properly interpret my own.