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Dreams- the Ultimate Escape

April 16, 2011 on 7:58 am | In Dream Types | No Comments

Dreams- The Ultimate Escape

           Roses all over, a beautifully decorated room, candles were lit, violins could be heard playing. Her prince charming held her hand and slid a beautiful ring down her slender fingers. She was lost in his arms when suddenly she heard a shrill noise. It was her alarm clock. She woke up to find herself in her in the same old room with her mother giving her an angry look for getting up late. A look around the place made her wonder will her dreams ever come true.

        The weird world called “dreamland” has often made people wonder what dreams all about are .In dreams the brain is actually spinning a tale and bringing up images from your memory network. These dreams are complete at times, just like in your “real” life. Sometimes these dreams will say a lot about what is really bothering you in this “real” life.

       There have been many theorists trying to explore the reality of the land of dreams. The first and most famous dream theorist of the modern era, Sigmund Freud, said that the function of dreams was to preserve sleep, but that theory from the year 1900 is contradicted by the fact that dreams happen very regularly at least five or six times per night in an active stage of sleep called REM sleep. The other famous dream theorist of the modern era, Carl Jung, an early follower of Freud  broke away to develop a very different theory and claimed that the function of dreams is to compensate for those parts of the psyche (total personality) that are underdeveloped in waking life. Calvin Hall’s studies of two-week dream series from students and longer dream journals from adults of all ages strongly suggest that dream content is continuous with waking thought and behavior. That is, if we are outgoing and active in our waking life, and not very introspective and reflective, then so too in our dream life, which contradicts Jung’s view. Some dream theorists also think dreams have a problem solving function but another school of thought says dreams are just a “throw away” production to pass the night. That judgment could be changed tomorrow by new and original studies by a new generation of young dream researchers, but right now the preponderance of the evidence weights against any physiological or psychological function for dreaming and dreams.

Some interesting facts about dreams:

·         Interestingly we spend one third of our life sleeping.

·         A sleep cycle can be divided into four stages.

·         During stage one, our body and mind are relaxing but you are conscious. It’s during this stage that many thoughts fill up our mind.

·         During the third and the fourth stage, brain waves become considerably wider and there are no conscious thoughts.

·         The forth and the most interesting phase of all is the REM stage, the profound state of unconsciousness, during which the most creative dreams occur. Eyes and mid ears vibrate , the pulse quickens and the body temperature and blood flow increases. We go in and out of this stage until and unless we gain consciousness.

·         We usually spend twenty to twenty five percent of our sleeping time in this stage.

·         It takes about an hour for your mind to go into REM the first time, then you go in and out until you gradually return to consciousness.

Need some excuse for being lost in your dreamland ? Here are some interesting facts.

As societies have evolved, they have developed their own reasons for dreaming. Some of the most interesting reasons are :

In a great many societies, dreams are used by shamans to diagnose illness (often thought to be caused by evil or angry spirits) and to enter the spiritual world. In that sense, shamans were the first psychoanalysts, and Freud and Jung are modern-day shamans.
In some societies, dreams are used to find game, predict the weather, or prophesy about the future. In our society, at least since about 1900, they have been used in psychotherapy, although not as much in recent years when the emphasis is on short-term therapy and on thinking sensible thoughts. Dreams can be an “occasion” for a reticent patient to talk more personally, especially when we note that people do not take as much personal responsibility for their dreams as they do most of their other thoughts, making dreams easier to talk about.
In our society, dreams are also an excuse to say something intimate to someone, maybe a tentative way to see if a deeper relationship is possible, as in “I had this nice dream about you last night.”
Finally, the phrase “I had this dream last night…” is a platform to say whatever nonsense, lie, or fantasy someone might have on his or her mind, because there’s no way to determine if the claim is true or not.

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