The first step in directing both your personal and
professional development is to increase your
Self-Awareness. An excellent source for additional
“inside information” about yourself and your life can be
found in dreams, including nightmares. Whether or not
you remember them, everyone has 4-5 dreams a night and
there are techniques to increase recall and to focus
your dreams on problem solving.
If you are interested in learning more about this centuries old
resource, Dream Interviewing is a fairly recently developed
interpretation method that Dr. Flowers has used in both psychotherapy
and teaching. She considers this approach as close to “evidence based”
interpretation as anyone has come to date, since the information
required to interpret the dreams comes exclusively from the dreamer. Any
expertise involved is focused on asking skillful questions to help
elicit relevant facts, feelings and judgments.
Dream Interviewing is conceptually simple but like most skills, it
takes practice to become proficient. Nonetheless, while you learn, even
a partially understood dream can help you gain insight. If you remember
that all dream interpretations are theories or hypotheses, and should be
thought through like any other possibility, not followed blindly, you
might find this approach to self-awareness quite helpful.
Those of you who are particularly interested can read further and
practice on your own, or work with another “dreamer” friend that you
trust, and/or in private consultations or workshops.
Dr. Flowers also runs a free Dream Interviewing Training Seminar, one
evening a month in San Francisco, California for psychiatric residents
and other therapists, counselors or early career psychiatrists.
Contact her for
details if you are eligible and wish to attend.
NOTE: Guidelines to help remember dreams are available on the