Comparing Intrinsic and Extrinsic Dreams
In the Understanding Dreams and Visions course you are taught the difference between intrinsic and extrinsic dreams. Identifying this characteristic, which determines if the dream is about you (intrinsic) or somebody else (extrinsic), is just one step of recording and interpreting your dreams.
A common misperception is that the dreamer has to be the main participant in the dream for it to be intrinsic. That would be an inaccurate assumption. Unless it is abundantly obvious that you’re playing no role in the dream—like you’re just a fly on the wall watching it all happen—label the dream intrinsic and move on with the process. Remember, the point of dream interpretation is not in the rigid tagging of the dream, it's discovering the meaning and learning from the hidden wisdom.
For example, sometimes the dreamer will be participating in the dream, and then suddenly find themselves removed from the action of the dream yet still privy to what's going on or what's being said. That doesn’t mean the dream is now about some else. The dream is still about the dreamer. It's just not important for the dreamer to be involved in the action of the dream to glean the important information being revealed in that scene.
Or, sometimes you just "know" things in a dream. The back story of how you found this out isn't important to the meaning of the dream, so it's excluded.
So for clarity, a wise practice would be to tag any dream you participate in at any time as intrinsic, and any dream you are strictly observing—the fly on the wall scenario—as extrinsic.