ERIC Number: ED276954
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-May
Reference Count: 0
Dream Interpretation Groups: Facilitating Identity Development of Adolescents and Young Adults.
A systems perspective recognizes the necessity of drawing on numerous resources for strengthening the family. The dream interpretation group method, in some ways an elitist approach, focuses on the transitional individual as the nodal point for building family strengths. The individual experiencing changes in identity development is equipped with a great reservoir of unconscious strengths and solutions. This storehouse of knowledge is revealed through the dream. Meaning in dreams can become conscious through work in the dream group, enabling awareness of a whole host of conflict resolutions not previously available to the waking individual. Dream group leaders should be familiar with how to translate dreams to make them meaningful and should accept all dreams presented in the group. Group leaders should understand what the dream has to do with the life of the person and if the dream gives a course of action to be taken. Specific interpretation methods include conceptualization, free association, precognitive, compensatory, and symbolic. With current theories and methods of dream interpretation, the group leader possesses a value system and body of techniques supportive of growth, and facilitative of the individual's ability to use dreams in such a way as to strengthen his/her intrapersonal, interpersonal, familial, and community identity. (Author/ABL)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual National Symposium on Building Family Strengths (9th, Lincoln, NE, May 14-16, 1986).