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Unlock Your Dream Meanings

July 14, 2011 on 12:04 am | In Dream Types | No Comments

Did you know that….. one third of your life will likely to be spent asleep? OR… that if you are hoping to give up smoking you will have longer more powerful dreams than a none smoker!

Dream Meanings

What are dreams? This question has intrigued man throughout history.

From the ancient Romans, right through to Sigmund Freud, man has been asking what the magical stories that play out in the sleeping mind are and why we have them.

Dreams are the unconscious conjuring up of visions, sounds, ideas and feelings as well as other stimuli in the course of sleep.

Dream imagery is generally whimsical and not realistic and they are commonly outside the control of the dreamer, with the exclusion of Lucid Dreaming. Dreamers usually are participants in their dreams and the dreams will seem very real while asleep.

Dreams can be frightening and terrifying, enchanting and fantastic journeys or they can be quite dull and boring.

Dream Meanings – What are they exactly about?

Even now there is no agreed on biological rationalization to fulfil the question surrounding Dream Meanings.

Within the past decade however, with breakthroughs in imaging techniques, including MRI, our understanding of dreams has grown.

For the very first time we are qualified to see inside the sleeping brain and clearly see which areas of the brain are active during dream sleep. The mystery behind dreams is on the verge of being clarified than in the past.

Observations in the sleep laboratory have revealed that dreaming is connected with REM sleep .

Scientists now also know that the brain doesn’t turn off when we sleep, it is in reality re-awakened when we enter dream sleep. There’s a significant difference between the sleeping and awake brain however. Only specific parts of the brain are woken and are needed in the dreaming process.

Scientists also now know that dreaming principally occurs in the limbic region of the brain or the region that handles emotion.Therefore we seem to have an clarification for the highly emotional qualities of dreams.

In the light of these new advancements recent research has put together various concepts that attempt to answer the question regarding Dream Meanings.

Modern Theories on Dream Meanings

1. Continual-activation theory
This theory suggests that dreaming is a direct result of brain activity and synthesis and that dreaming and REM sleep aren’t one in the same but are governed by totally different regions of the brain.

2. Researcher Eugen Tarnow believes that dreams are excitations of long term memory and that dreams adopt the strange nature on account of the structure of long term memory.

3. A study in 2001 indicated that dreaming is a part of strengthening semantic memories.

4. A research psychologist Joe Griffin in the UK has postulated the expectation fulfillment theory of dreaming.
In respect to this theory there are three ideas of dreaming.

i) dreams are metaphorical interpretations of waking objectives.

ii) Expectations that produce emotional responses that aren’t acted upon during the day become dreams during sleep.

iii) Dreaming is a means of managing with emotional arousal by finishing the desires in our dreams which we didn’t accomplish when awake and therefore freeing our brain to respond anew to each new day.

These are just a few of the large number of hypotheses that try to resolve the question of Dream Meanings and no theory has to this day been proven or dis-proven.

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