Applied to associative thinking in dreams
By Janice Baylis © 1999
The science of Chaos Theory is the science of finding underlying, basic patterns which disclose order and make sense of masses of incomprehensible data - masses of data like all the images in all the dreams.
Associative thinking is one of the basic, underlying processes the dream-mind uses to select the images it chooses. As Salmon Rushdie said in Midnight’s Children, “As people we are obsessed with correspondences. Similarities between this and that, between seemingly unconnected things make us clap our hands delightedly when we find them out.”
Chaos Theory scientists gave these underlying patterns an unusual name, they call them Strange Attractors. Attractors because the random variables, the mass of data, can be traced back to the pattern or process. Its like a magnet attracts, exerts a pull on, items having an affinity material. There is really nothing strange about this.
What makes the mass of data (multitude of dream images) seem chaotic is that the underlying pattern of association via similarity expresses in many ways. The process splits into several branches. In Chaos Theory science, these branches are called bifurcations which simply means branches. Associative Thinking, linking via some similarity, branches into these bifurcations:
I. MASS OF INCOMPREHENSIBLE DATA
All the images in all the dreams
II. SRANGE ATTRACTOR - basic underlying
Associations based on similarities and resemblances.
III. BIFURCATIONS - branching of the underlying
| Life Experience | Quality | Words | Figures of Speech | People | Family | Psychology
IV. CASCADES - splitting of the bifurcations.
Personal Shape Definition
Cultural Location Homograph
Universal Function Connotation
Figures of Speech
Allegory Name Parents Consciousness
Synecdoche Job Siblings Ego
Metaphor Era Children Persona
Metonym Character Spouse Shadow
Idiom Physical Lover Anima/Animus
Slang Belief Grandkids Self
Alliteration Psychological Attitudes & Function
To see how all of this works in dreams I recommend you read SEX, SYMBOLS AND DREAMS. Each bifurcation or system with its cascades or sub-sets has a chapter with sample dreams.
In each sub-set one of the dreams demonstrates how dream-mind use sexual imagery symbolically often to represent something similar but non-sexual. To learn more about SEX, SYMBOLS AND DREAMS , click on one of these links: www.dream decoding.com or www.amazon.com
“Chaos Theory Applied to Associative Thinking and Dreams" is indeed a brilliant work of genuis.”