Waking up in a cold sweat because you keep dreaming about being lost in the deli aisle of the supermarket? You may be thinking these cold-cuts are prophetic—which is entirely plausible. But to determine how salami might be a metaphor for something in your life, you’ll need to do some reading that will help you decode your dreams. If there was a dream spectrometer that could analyze and interpret dreams, we’d all be using it. But for now, here’s a list of essential books on dream interpretations that can provide clarity to your confusing, albeit hilarious, dreams.
The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud
Sigmund Freud is the founder of psychoanalysis, and though many of his theories today are met with skepticism, his understanding of the human unconscious has inspired plenty of modern psychological research. His opinion that dreams can be interpreted was novel at the time. He took his theory further by articulating that all dreams are a form of wish fulfillment. Regardless of how you feel about Freud, this novel’s analysis of the possible unconscious drives influencing your dreams makes for an excellent, informative read.
The Divinity Code to Understanding Your Dreams and Visions by Adam Thompson
With mastery of dream symbols and a bible-based interpretation of dreams, this novel explores how the Divine (the Christian God) influences our dreams and instructs their meaning. Thompson develops your understanding of dream language through an extensive knowledge of scripture. You don’t need to be religious to find this book helpful—Thompson’s 600-page book should be approached with an open mind. Who knows, you might discover something new!
Dreamer’s Dictionary by Stearn Robinson and Tom Corbett
This book is a favorite among dream fanatics, selling over 1 million copies since it was first published. It’s definitely an essential book on dream interpretation. This book lists subject matters from A-Z on everything from symbolism to the four types of prophetic dreams. It will also teach you how to identify dreams that are healing and those that are a warning of future dangers or illnesses.
The Dream Book: Symbols for Self-Understanding by Betty Bethards
Betty Bethards is known as a psychic, spiritual healer, and meditation teacher—and with her growing publications, she has recently become known as an author. Betty believes that dreams are the greatest tool we have in understanding ourselves and our lives. She wrote this book to allow regular people to tap into that knowledge source. With her analysis of dream symbols, she hopes to show people how their dreams can help them solve their problems and heal their wounds.