Best Books to Help You Interpret Your Dreams
Dream interpretation is about assigning meanings to your dreams. Dreams are made out of symbols and sometimes it can be difficult to know what they mean.
The same symbol might mean different things to different people. For example, if a dog appears in your dream, a dog-lover and a person who has dog phobia will interpret this symbol differently. Even the same person can interpret the same symbol differently at various stages in their life.
You can interpret your dreams in many ways. Below are the 10 best dream interpretation books to get you started. Some are dream dictionaries where you can look up the symbol and find its meanings, while others help you to do your own exploration. Some talk about dream psychology, while others are written from a spiritual perspective.
So pick the book that resonates with you the most.
Top 10 Best Dream Interpretation Books
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1. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud
If you want to read how dream interpretation came about, this classic is for you.
First published in 1899 and later translated into English by James Strachey, this book explores why we dream and why dreams matter in our psychological lives.
Even though this book might be a bit dense and daunting to read, this is the book that sparked the development of dream analysis. Sigmund Freud was the one who came out with the theory that a dream is the fulfillment of our unconscious wish.
This book is suitable for people who are interested in psychoanalysis, dream psychology, and the unconscious mind.
2. Man and His Symbols by Carl Jung
Written by the well-known psychiatrist and completed just before he died, this book is a result of his own dreams. He dreamed that his work was understood by a wide public, rather than just by psychiatrists. Therefore, he embarked to write this book with his associates.
In this book, the author examines our unconscious mind and the symbols it uses in our dreams. He suggests that dreams are a way our unconscious mind offers practical advice to our conscious self.
If you are a beginner in psychology, this book will be accessible and enlightening to you and help you gain insights into yourself.
3. Inner Work by Robert Johnson
If you want to use your dreams for personal growth and achieve a more satisfying life, this book is for you.
In addition to dream interpretation, this book also helps you to explore your unconscious mind for inner transformation. Written by a renowned Jungian analyst, you will be given a practical four-step approach to Carl Jung’s dreamwork and active imagination technique.
A well-written book with clear instructions and illustrations, this book will allow you to do your own exploration and find strengths in your own subconscious. It is suitable for both general readers and specialists in the field.
4. The Wisdom of Your Dreams by Jeremy Taylor
This book is written by a renowned expert on the subject of dreams who has studied dreams for more than forty years.
As per the author, all dreams come in the service of health and wholeness. They carry new information and energy in their symbols. Discovering the hidden messages in your dreams can change your life.
This book encourages you to welcome your worst nightmares and explore your dreams with other people. Not only will you gain insights into your past and your conflicts but it will also help you create deeper intimacy and understanding between people.
5. Dreaming the Soul Back Home by Robert Moss
If you want a book that helps you bring guidance from the dream world into your everyday life, this is the book for you.
The author has written several books on dreams. He is also the pioneer of Active Dreaming which is a combination of shamanism and modern dreamwork.
In this book, he talks about how we suffer from soul loss when we suffer trauma or a bad experience. He then shares how we can recover the missing parts of our soul and become whole again.
Writing from his own experiences, this book is suitable for those who enjoy reading and learning through other people’s stories.
6. The Dream Interpretation Dictionary by J.M. DeBord
This is a book that you can flip through when you wake up from a dream and want answers.
Unlike most dream dictionaries that explain the symbols with a few, broad sentences, this 1001 page book considers multiple contexts and tells you why a dream means what it does. Only you know what your dreams really mean but this book can help you gain clarity and make sense of your dreams.
In this book, you will also find instructions to help you remember your dreams better and information about recurring dreams.
7. Sylvia Browne’s Book of Dreams by Sylvia Browne
Our dreams are personal. Even though we might share the same symbol in our dreams, it shouldn’t have the same meaning for everyone. If you are tired of the generic meanings found in dream dictionaries, this book will offer you a fresh perspective on dream analysis.
While most dream books focus on the symbolism within the dreams, this book focuses more on the different types of psychic dreams and how to distinguish them.
Written by a #1 New York Times bestselling author who is a psychic, this book helps you to go deeper inside yourself and extract your own personal meaning of your dream.
8. The Guided Dream Journal by Katherine Olivetti
To interpret your dream, you must first develop the habit of writing down your dreams. If you want a journal that helps you to capture your dream, this book is for you.
In this book, you will find helpful prompts and insightful questions that will help you reflect on your dreams.
Apart from having many pages for you to record your dreams, there is also some basic dream information at the beginning of the book. At the end of the book, there is some information to help you analyze your dream further.
This is an interesting book that it’s good for a beginner or intermediate dream analyzer.
9. The Dream Dictionary from A to Z by Theresa Cheung
If you want a book that you can refer to quickly from time to time, this book is for you.
Organized from A to Z and designed to be kept near your bed, you can easily look up the meaning of symbols that you dreamed the night before.
In the introduction of this book, you will also learn more about sleep, the brief history of dream interpretations, the different types of dreams, and how to capture your dreams.
At the end of the book, the author also tells you the 50 most common dreams and the 10 dreams you should never ignore. It’s great as a gift for anyone interested in their dreams.
10. The Hidden Power of Dreams by Denise Linn
If you are more interested in the spiritual aspects of dreams, this book is for you.
Written by an internationally respected healer, this book helps you remember your dreams and recognize their meaning. It also helps you to use your dreams to develop the skill of astral projection, recall past life, heal yourself, your children, and your loved ones.
Dreams are secret messages from your unconscious that can help you understand yourself and your life. This book will help you uncover the power of dreams for spiritual transformation and use it as a source of guidance and wisdom.
Hey there, I’m Yong Kang, best known as Nerdy Creator. I’m an author of seven books. I write about spirituality, self-compassion, and mindfulness. I love reading books, especially non-fiction. The list above is a combination of what I have read and my research. Each year, I create a Top 10 list of my favorite books.