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Dream interpreters - an ethical guide
ETHICAL GUIDLINES by Dorian Paul
With some simple guidelines it is easy to avoid some of the pitfalls of abusing the power of dream interpretation. This helps us help others without becoming too personally involved (bad for us). Whilst at the same time leave have others dependent upon our nonprofessional opinions (bad for them).
Someone (who I will not name) said to me in secret "Dream interpretation for some people is almost "addictive", you know when they start asking you directly for an interpretation?" My reply was, if one does it correctly, it eventually becomes more like a tool than a crutch...
not that friends that come to my house never talk about dreams, and not that we dont take a lot of inspiration from them.
Among most of my friends, when I was much younger, we shared dreams, we talked about them and we drew from them inspiration, and made objects and paintings from them... There are people who understand that dreams are kind of intimate and that they reveal much about the person, sometimes we tread with caution, sometimes we fumble though, but we must always remember that although we are not professionals, (although understand these things sometimes more than professionals) we have guidelines for help we should follow.
Like professionals, we should not go around sharing intimate information with others. We must be respectful in matters of privacy.
We also must respect the feelings of people when dealing with certain issues, especially when people are of a younger age and are listening with respect/ reading with respect, every word we say, concerning advice.
Constants, try to be official with contacts, try not to make them feel either loved or unloved, but always keep a positive but neutral tone.
Do not give or take numbers and addresses from people who you know positively to be under aged. If you must for their safety contact them in some way other than e-post do make first contact via their parents, and never be tempted to help out in any way other than that besides contacting the authorities, or helping the person in question to contact the authorities, who are professionals assigned to help. (I know that the system in the US seems rather burdened, but sending a person directly to the right people actually helps their job.)
Have a code of standard advice when you know people are in trouble, we need a consistent set rules to follow so that the maximum amount of help can come from the least amount of people and that we do not bear the emotional burden of trying to help, when it Isnt our job.
There are more things we can do. Especially when dealing with matters of sexuality ect. Try to suggest links to help we can give people facing certain troubles. This ensures that we dont have to worry about that side of dream interpretation...