If your life is particularly difficult, you may have a dream in which you feel blissfully carefree and happy.
If you are feeling lonely and unloved, you may have a dream in which you are making love. Many dream analysts describe these night-time idylls as wish-fulfillment compensatory dreams. In classic Freudian theory, dreams are thought to be vehicles for wish-fulfillment. In dreams, the dreamer can develop and satisfy complex wishes and desires that would not be allowed to seep through to consciousness in waking life. Although this theory can be quite complicated, put simply it suggests that dreams reflect your unconscious desires. For example, if you are having financial problems, you may dream of winning the lottery.
If you are worn out after weeks of hard work, you may dream of sunning yourself on a beach without a care in the world.
If you are worried about the way you look, you may dream of being a supermodel.
Bear in mind, though, that compensatory wish-fulfillment is just one explanation for uplifting dreams; the meaning of your dream will always remain personal to you. However much a dream may appear to be wish-fulfillment, it is still important to consider its many layers of meaning. Jung’s theories about alchemy may also help you understand feelings of both intense joy and of sadness in your dreams.
In his classic 1944 text Psychology and Alchemy, Jung concluded that the ancient tradition of alchemy could help us make sense of a universally valid truth—that one becomes aware of new meanings within the unconscious by seeing them mirrored in the world around us. This is the psychological phenomenon of projection—the placing of unknown and unfulfilled desires onto other people and things—a process Jung believed was often at work in dreams.... The Element Encyclopedia
The brand name Wishbone may metaphorically point to fulfillment, as it refers to the breastbone or the cavity where the heart is. It may call back a memory of a deep wish or desire that has been forgotten.... Ariadne's Book of Dream
Psychological / emotional perspective: Emotionally, we are able to ‘power up’ our wishes in dreams. By bearing our intent in mind prior to sleep, we can add the additional energy of the unconscious to making things happen. This is called manifestation.... Dream Meanings of Versatile
Material aspects: By regarding a wish as an appeal to the powers that be, from a mundane viewpoint we need to be very clear that what we wish for is what we want. Dreams can have the function of sorting out what we really want and getting rid of the non-essential.... Dream Meanings of Versatile
According to Freud the intention of every dream is the fulfilment of a wish, usually an instinctual wish but sometimes - in dreams of punishment - the wish of the super-ego, or ‘conscience’.... A Dictionary of Dream Symbols
We all have aspirations and desires, and we may learn to stifle and even forget them because they seem impossible. Our dreaming mind, however, does not forget. The most typical dreams that are wish-fulfillment are ones that reflect our hopes in an obvious way. For example, if you are feeling tired and run down you may dream of being on a beach in Hawaii.
If you are attracted to someone in real life, you may dream about making love to them.
If you are apprehensive about retiring or getting older, you may dream of being a teenager or baby again.
If you are having financial troubles, you may dream of being surrounded by piles of cash or winning the lottery.
If you long to get married, you may dream of your wedding day or honeymoon.
If your fantasy is sexual variety, you may dream about visiting a prostitute or gigolo.
If you have your sights set on a promotion, you may dream of being the boss.
If you long to make your mark on the world, you may dream of becoming prime minister.
If you want to be famous, you may dream of yourself on the red carpet, writing a best-seller or singing before an audience of thousands of screaming fans.
If you dream of buying something you want or need in waking life, this is simple wishfulfillment but the dream is reminding you that satisfying your desires may cost you.
If you were buying food in your dream, you may be trying to buy someone’s affection in waking life.... The Element Encyclopedia
An unexpected gift, possibly a legacy, is forecast in a dream featuring a wishbone; it also signifies a fortuitous time for taking a risk (or a gamble), but stay well within reasonable limits.... The Complete Guide to Interpreting Your Dreams