My question was about dreams and if different symbols in them truly do reveal information about your life. For example the classic teeth falling out dream that supposedly represents anxiety about ones appearance and how others perceive them. If this is true then why does the part of the brain that dreams come from make that connection, not in just a single case but multiple cases, multiple people. Where do the authors of dream interpretation books get there information?
the theory states that the biological function of dreaming is to stimulate threatening events in order to rehearse the perception of threats and how to go about avoiding them.This theory rests on the widely-accepted observations that most remembered dreams are stressful - filled with negative emotions and dramatic conflicts. Revonsuo focuses on this empirical dream content, and has spent the last decade illustrating the patterns of threats in the dreams of children, traumatized patients, nightmare sufferers, and even some contemporary hunter-gatherers for cross-cultural comparison.Theory of Dreams
Freud believed the dream to be composed of two parts. The manifest and the latent content. The manifest content can be thought of as what a person would remember as soon as they wake - what they would consciously describe to someone else when recalling the dream. Freud suggested that the manifest content possessed no meaning whatsoever because it was a disguised representation of the true thought underlying the dream.
Dream analysis (details are provided in the quoted book) reveals Freud's feelings of guilt towards Irma, one of his young patients, whose treatment had not yielded the expected results. Freud defends himself from these negative feelings in his dream, blaming his very patient who, apparently, were not a submissive and compliant patient, or dr. Otto, one of his colleagues, guilty of a careless medical intervention (an injection with an infected syringe).
After analyzing his dream, most coherent as it proved, Freud justly declared that dreams "are not meaningless, they are not absurd; they do not imply that one portion of our store of ideas is asleep while another portion is beginning to wake. On the contrary, they are psychical phenomena of complete validity - fulfilments of wishes [our emphasis J.C.]…" Dreams therefore require integration into the range of intelligible waking mental acts; "they are constructed by a highly complicated activity of the mind". (op. cit., chapter "A Dream is the Fulfilment of a Wish".)