I have used my dream time for creative problem solving for many years. For an interesting counter argument, check out this article.
Domhoff, G. W. (2003). The Case Against the Problem-Solving Theory of Dreaming. Retrieved
from the World Wide Web: http://dreamresearch.net/Library/domhoff_2004b.html
I don’t know about theories, I’m not a big proponant of psychotherapy. I do, however, know what works for me.
I can think about something I’m trying to figure out a solution for, whether it’s problems with a co-worker or a new marketing tact in my business. It helps to know what your dream symbols mean because the solution to your problem will frequently be in metaphor.
Several years ago, I had to make the unpleasant choice of filing bankruptcy,a situation that frequently occurs with entrepreneurs. I tortured myself about this decision as I had A+ credit up to that point in time. I went to bed and dreamed I was driving along the coast line in Louisiana. I was focused on looking out the passenger window and went right off the bank in front of me. I didn’t want to leave my car as I had a huge black box that I wanted to save. Finally, a voice yelled at me, “Get out or you’re going to drown!” (drowning in debt) I rolled down the window and escaped. When I woke up,I knew I had to file and didn’t torture myself any more. I started the proceedings that day.