Interpreting dreams are done in various methods. If dream interpretation were done as a part of psychoanalytic study, this would follow the theory of Sigmund Freud about dreams being a reflection of a person’s suppressed desire. In this method of interpreting dreams, the meanings of dreams are studied in relevance to the person’s feelings, interests and thoughts. To psychoanalysts, the meaning of the dream may vary from person to person. In order to determine the meaning of an individual’s dream, it is necessary to understand the traits of a person better prior to interpreting the dream for psychoanalysis.
On the other hand, there are dream interpretation methods that are based on dictionaries that are compiled by researchers. These dream dictionaries may be based on scientific researches, which are done by scientists on several subjects and are product of several years of study.
Another type of dream dictionary is the traditional dream dictionary. The dream interpretations listed in these references are based on conventional interpretations that were passed on from the earlier years. Myths and other culturally specific beliefs are used in these traditional dream dictionaries.
The interpretation of dreams may also involve self-help guides, which are published by researchers and psychologists. These guides will help the person or a group of people to interpret their dreams. Dream sharing is also a practice done to better understand a person’s dream. By getting another point of view, a person may see possible dream interpretations. Websites, dream blogs and forums on the subject are venues for online dream sharing.