Oneiromancy or Oneirocriticism

Oneiromancy (pronounced 'On-eye-romancy') covers the dark and mysterious subject of dreams - a fascinating twilight world of intuition and suggestion - a natural area of interest to the bluffer. Everyone dreams. If you think you don't dream it's because you can't remember dreaming (reasonable enough - you're asleep at the time).

However, it is now scientifically proved that if you didn't dream over an extended period you would hallucinate and eventually go mad. You don't need to admit this to anyone though.

You can make a fabulous reputation for yourself by staring searchingly into the eyes of someone who claims never to dream and saying "You will dream tonight." If you say it with enough authority you will put the idea into their head and that night they may remember their dreams.

Dreams are totally fascinating but usually only to the person who had the dream - a fact the good bluffer can use to great effect. Most people will be pathetically grateful just to be given the chance to talk about their dreams and if you can then go on to tell them what it means, you have them eating out of your hand.

Yet there are few Oneirocritics about - always use the word 'Oneirocritic' instead of 'Oneiromancer'. Any word containing the word 'romancer' makes it sound too much as if you are making it all up.

It would seem very much a specialist art. This is simply because people can dream about thousands of different things. Look at any book on dreams and it is like a dictionary with pages of dream themes each with a short explanation: for example Aardvark - to dream of an aardvark means you will receive a message from a close relative.

There is absolutely no point in trying to pass yourself off as an Oneirocritic by reading out these comments from the book. People quickly get the idea and buy the book themselves. So you instantly have to be able to take any dream subject and give an authoritative interpretation. This is no problem when you know how.

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