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Background: A friend described consistent feelings and themes during a dream. It is my understanding that the contents of our dreams are our subconscious/unconscious/preconscious processing stimuli from the day or our general state of mind. Most of which research I've found relates back to Freud and his off incorrect psychoanalysis.

I can more easily relate to Domhoff's research into dreams as a reflection of schemas. It seems scientifically valid.

What is the overall view of the reliability of dream interpretation as described by Domhoff?


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I agree with @NickStauner that this is a duplicate. Also, please use the scientific unconscious or preconscious instead of the vernacular subconscious. – Artem Kaznatcheev Jan 27 '14 at 7:05
I can see the argument for it being a duplicate of the general question about the current science on the theory of dreams. But the question seems to focus on a particular theory of dream interpretation that has been published relatively recently in a reputable journal. So I'm inclined to see it as a new question, or at least a more specific variant on the general question. – Jeromy Anglim Jan 27 '14 at 13:05
Same here; retracted my close vote already after the first edit. – Nick Stauner Jan 27 '14 at 14:04
+1, great link to Domhoff's work... – draks ... Jan 29 '14 at 18:58

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