Janice Baylis, Ph. D.
author of Sex, Symbols and Dreams

CHAOS THEORY
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 pattern
        Associations based on similarities and resemblances.

III. BIFURCATIONS - branching of the underlying patterns
| Life Experience   | Quality    | Words   |  Figures of Speech    |  People    |  Family    |  Psychology

IV. CASCADES - splitting of the bifurcations.

LIFE EXPERIENCES                  QUALITIES                                                   WORDS
     Personal                                           Shape                                          Definition
     Cultural                                            Location                                      Homograph
     Universal                                          Function                                      Connotation
                                                              Action                                         Jargon
                                                              Change                                        Pun
                                                              Feeling                                       Homonym
                                                                                                                Syllables

Figures of Speech                People                    Family          Psychology
    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.

Dr. David F. De Loera, Asclepiads, A.H.O.A.