Dream Interpretation Informative Speech

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Name: Holly McCallen
SPCH 2010-103
Informative Speech

TITLE: Dream Interpretation
Type of Informative Speech:
Speech Design: Categorical

I. Introduction
A. Attention Material: “Dreams feel weird while we are in them. It’s only when we wake up that we realize something was actually strange (Inception, the movie).” Have you ever been curious about what your dreams actually mean? B. Credibility material: There have been many times in my life where I have either woke up in the middle of the night from a horrible nightmare or woke up in the morning trying to recall my dreams. I have spent a lot of time researching what my dreams mean. C. Statement of Relevance: Dreams are something we all experience every night, whether we remember them or not. One-third of your life is spent sleeping, and in an average life time you would have spent about six years of it dreaming (dreammoods.com). D. Thesis: Today I would like to talk to you about Dream interpretation. E. Thesis & Preview Points: First, I would like to talk to you about the history of dream interpretation. I want to tell you some interesting facts about dreams. Lastly, I would like to tell you about some of the most common dreams and what they mean. Transition: (Let’s start with the History of Dreams.)

II. Body
A. Main Point #1: History of Dreams
1. Dreams are not new. According to As stated on the dreammods.com website The Complete Book of Dreams by Julia & Derek Parker, Dream Interpretations date back to 3000-4000 B.C., where they were documented on clay tablets. In Ancient times, Dreams were originally believed to be messages from the gods, or supernatural communications of some kind. In ancient Egypt, Egyptians had a process called “dream incubation”. If a person was emotionally disturbed, or wanted to ask the God’s for help they were put into a sleep temple and the priest would interpret their dreams. In the 8th Century, the Greeks also believed Dreams to be divine messages. They used Dreams in medicine by sending sick people to temples where the “gods of the body” had their shrines. The sick Greeks would sleep for weeks or even months until they had the right dream that promised their return to health. 2. According to A K.I.S.S Guide to Dreams by Lisa Lenard, The Bible sees dreams two different ways, the Old Testament and the New Testament. In the Old Testament God would actually talk to people through dreams. God gave wisdom to King Solomon in the Book of Solomon. The prophet Daniel had a dream that would save his life from a lion’s den. The New Testament saw dreams completely different. Dreams that occurred during the New Testament were messages from the devil and other demons. 3. Dreams can also be seen as an actual place that your spirit and soul leaves every night to go and visit. The Chinese believed that if the dreamer was suddenly awakened the soul may not be able to return to the body. This is why to this day Chinese are leery of the use of alarm clocks. Some Mexican and Native American societies believed that their departed ancestors lived in their dreams. Their dreams were seen as a way for them to communicate with their recent and ancient ancestors, and use this to gain wisdom and knowledge in their waking lives (article – dreamsofthefuture.com). 4. In dreamsofthefuture.com it states during the 19th century many thoughts changed and dreams didn’t have any meaning. People believed dreams to be the cause of anxiety, outside noises, or food and indigestion. Then Later on in the 19th century – Sigmund Freud, who is the father of psychoanalysis, revived the importance of dreams. The author of herebedreams.com explains that Freud described our dreams as being the “royal road” to our subconscious. Our fears, desires, and emotions that we are usually unaware of make themselves known through our dreams. Our dreams could be about wish fulfillment or a...
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