Dreaming is defined as the subjective experience of imaginary images, sounds/voices, thoughts or sensations during sleep. Dreams are considered an altered state of consciousness because they are a major variation of what we consider to be normal waking awareness.
What are they, What is their purpose and What dothey mean?
Dreaming Dreaming is defined asthe subjectiveexperience of imaginaryimages, sounds/voices,thoughts or sensationsduring sleep. They are an altered stateof consciousness (ASC).
What Happens When We Dream? Dreams occur during REMsleep in which brain activityis high and signaled by rapidhorizontal movements of theeyes. Dreams also occur duringnon-REM sleep but are notas well remembered. Researches believe that wedream every time we sleepeven if we cannot rememberthem.
What Are Dreams? Sigmund Freud- One of thefirst people to propose a theoryon dreams. Believed that dreams are a manifestationof shameful unconscious thoughts andemotions that human beings encounteron a daily basis. Our dreams are rich with symbolism thatdepict the true intent and emotions ofhuman beings. These forbidden thoughts and urges aretoo shameful for our conscious tohandle, therefore they are pushed backto our unconscious and are freed(butshrouded in symbolism) while we dream. Believed that most of these unconsciousthoughts and emotions were sexual inorigin and nature. Called dreams the “royal road” to theunconscious.
More Common Dream Theories Dreams are still thought of as unconscious emotionsbut they do not necessarily have to revolve around sex. Dreams are the brains way of making sense of all theimages and feelings we come across and experienceduring our everyday waking lives. It is also believed that dreams helps us reinforceactions or ideas. Dreams are a product of our evolutionarydevelopment.
Evolutionary Theory of Dreams Dreams served as a way toenhance our future survivalas a species. It is theorized that ournightmares are products ofour ancestors’ nightmaresand their way of living. Many of the dreams wehave today are similar tothose our ancestors had,though they do differgreatly. Today, our nightmaresconsist of things such asentering a room naked orlosing our teeth!
Types of Dreams “Normal” Dreams Lucid Dreams Nightmares Reoccurring Dreams …and even Daydreams!
Daydreaming Daydreaming is categorized as alevel of consciousness betweensleep and wakefulness thought ofas semi-awake. In this sense, they are also a ASC. Daydreams can also be seen as amanifestation of ones true feelingsbecause we often daydream aboutthings we wish to have or things wewish to do. Researches found that people daydream anywhere from 70 to 120minutes a day (up to 2 hours). Worrying is also seen as form ofdaydreaming.
Dream Interpretation Dreams are the product of our unconscious and ourexperiences from our everyday lives Many people, especially dream interpreters willattempt to explain the significance of dreams. Some of our more common dreams include: Falling Losing teeth Being chased Public Nudity Sexual