It’s been said that the vast majority of our ‘selves’ consist of the unconscious. That being the case, it would be very difficult to truly know ourselves while ignoring that elusive layer of personhood. There are few ways in which the unconscious makes itself known to our conscious selves- but dreams are a well-known exception to that rule.
It would follow that, to truly know ourselves, we must pay careful attention to our dreams.
Typically, this would consist of keeping a simple dream journal- a small notebook and pen by your bedside that you use to record the events of each dream. This can be a great way to bring some of the processes to the forefront of your mind, but it does little to extract patterns from our dreams. Perhaps a particular dream is a message, or a problem that our subconscious is trying to solve, but what is the bigger picture that not just a dream, but a string of dreams is trying to convey? What do you know about you that you’re not telling yourself?
Dreamboard would like to help. Dreamboard is not a dream analysis tool. Instead, it’s a simple way to keep track of particular narratives, moods, or themes in your dreams, and use them to extract meaning from them over a period of time.
It also happens to be well-designed and quite a pleasure to use.
Dreamboard is the project of an impressive group of young entrepreneurs interested in “just how far the intersection of technology and human curiosity could go in helping us understand and improve our daily lives.” The team seems to come from quite a diverse background, being spread out over Italy, Switzerland, and San Francisco. They are not simply interested in dream psychology, but are experts in the field.
The app is available via web and mobile (either phone or tablet), making it quick and easy to access. It’s intuitively designed, so recording your dreams is a simple and painless process, too- an imperative for a tool that requires user input to function at maximum capability. Give your dream a mood, a narrative, type in significant themes (a thing, a person, a place), and move on.
Once you’ve recorded a few dreams, Dreamboard makes it easy to see patterns that have arisen, either by mood, theme, or character. Note that I’ve yet to record a significant amount of dreams, so it’s easier to get a grasp of the data visualization features by visiting Dreamboard’s homepage.
Dreamboard is a significant addition to the data-tracking trend, and one whose potential usefulness could prove to be an invaluable asset in your quest for self-betterment. Dreamboard is currently in private beta- head to the homepage to sign up for access.
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