You Will Need
- A dream diary
- An open mind
Keep a dream diary
Keep a dream diary by jotting down your dreams as soon as you wake up.
Identify the emotion
Note the prevailing emotion you felt during the dream. Rage? Anxiety? Fear? Joy? Sadness?
Disregard the partner
Disregard your sex partner in the dream. Researchers say that who you are having sex with is not important—how you felt about it is. In other words, don’t feel weird around your nerdy coworker just because you got it on in your dream.
Analyze your feelings
Think about how you felt during your dream and see if you can link that emotion to something going on in your life. For example, erotic dreams are thought to occur most often when the dreamer needs a release from tension.
Know hidden meanings
Know the hidden meanings of common sexual imagery. Breasts symbolize both nurturance and sexual arousal; ejaculation indicates a need for release or a loss of control; and for straight people, homosexuality represents self-love or an insecurity about your success with the opposite sex.
Look for patterns
Every few weeks, review your dream diary for patterns. If certain emotions and situations arise again and again, it may help you make sense of them.