The way a person sleeps and dreams can help them understand their concerns, personality, and character. Why we need to dream is a mystery, but there are definite links between how we dream, and how we think, feel and experience our lives.
Sometimes, it is felt that the reason for dreaming is to experience something that a person would or would not like to experience in real life. Other times, it is felt that the person re-lives an experience when they are asleep.
Examining dreams can help people address and deal with any issues they have in their life. Therefore when interpreting dreams the first part of the interpretation relates to how a person feels in the dream, as the background emotion is thought to be very important in why the person is having the dream, and to what circumstances in their lives the dreams may relate. The interpretation will also focus on symbols and what is taking place in the dream.
There are a hundred dream dictionaries available in the book shops and online, and trying to interpret a dream from an alphabetical list of symbols, probably won't get you far in using dreams to understand yourself better! A proper dream interpretation will address your issues whilst asleep and awake as well as interpreting the representative symbols in your dream giving you a fuller understanding of the dream and how it relates to YOU.