Everyone in the world has had at least one dream in their lifetime. Most people don’t think much about the dreams they have, unless they are recurring. Most people today wake up from a dream or nightmare saying, “thank heaven that was a dream,” or “too bad that was just a dream.” Many times these dreams or nightmares have more meaning than we think.
...rapped underneath. I don't know how long I remained unconscious. When I came to, I couldn't move my body. Cuts on my face and hands throbbed with pain. My front teeth were broken and my shirt soaked in blood. As I crawled along, encouraging myself, I somehow managed to poke my head out of the wreckage. The school that should have appeared before my eyes was nowhere to be seen. It had vanished and only smoldering ruins remained. Beyond the school toward the center of town, all I could see was a sea of flames. I was so terrified I couldn't stop shaking. Moving my body a little at a time, I was finally able to work free of the collapsed structure. Making sure to head upwind to escape the fires, I made my way staggering haphazardly through the rubble of the city and escaped."
All the shiny items to the back of the room caught my eye instantly because they appeared to look rich and prestigious. On the right of the big main entrance door in front, there was a silver tree, and on the opposite side of the room on the left side of the door, there was a gold tree. Money hangs on the tree, and I thought that was an interesting feature to have. As I looked around the room, I noticed the red carpet below me, and everyone was sitting on small rectangular pillows. The main speaker told me that pillows were located in the big container next to me, so I grabbed one and sat down. The...
One third of one’s life is spent sleeping. In the average lifetime, one would spend a total of around 6 years just dreaming! Everybody dreams even though one may not remember it. Although most common in children; nightmares affect adults as well. Probably the most common of sleep disorders, nightmares are something that almost everyone has experienced. Nightmares are vivid dreams that cause terror, anxiety and fear. Nightmares occur in the fourth stage of sleep, which is deep sleep. Nightmares are caused by rapid eye movement (REM). REM causes irregular EEG patterns that are like the patterns in stage one which is light sleep. Most people experience REM sleep three to five times a night. Nightmares can also be caused by stress, illness, a loss of a family member or a scary movie. After having a nightmare, it can be extremely difficult to fall back asleep. There are other feelings associated with dreams besides fear, feelings such as guilt, sadness, and confusion also occurs in nightmares. Most people who have nightmares do not remember what they have dreamed. There is no exact treatment for nightmares, but before bed time one should try to avoid late night sna...
Theories attempting to explain the origin of dreams range from providing stimulation for the development of the brain to enhancing storage and reorganization. Contrary to popular belief, dreaming is not caused by eating certain foods before bedtime, nor by environmental stimuli during sleeping. Dreaming is caused by internal biological processes. Now, as in the past, the most significant controversy centers on the question of whether dreams have intentional or actual personal meaning. Many psychotherapists maintain that while the neurological impulses from the brain stem may activate the dreaming process, the content or meaningful representations in dreams are caused by nonconscious needs, wishes, desires, and everyday concerns of the dreamer. Recent research indicates that dream content reflects problems that the dreamer experiences in life, and the function of such dreams is to facilitate the emotional resolution of the problems.
Dreams can be defined as “a conscious series of images that occur during sleep” (Collier’s, 1984). Dreams are usually very vivid in color and imagery. They are said to reveal to the dreamer different wishes, concerns, and worries that he or she has. Dreams may reflect every part of who the dreamer is. The content of dreams depends on “how old the dreamer is and how educated the he or she is” (Collier’s, 1984). We have no control over that which we dream about, but we do know that they are influenced by situations ...
Psychologists in the world today have come the conclusion that nightmares are normal occurrences in human existence and are common in everyday life. There are countless theories as to why people experience nightmares as well as what they could mean about the person experiencing them. The ideas that are often overlooked, however, are the different groups of people experiencing these nightmares and the effects they have on the sleeper.
You wake up in prison, suddenly attacked by a person you met in class with an imperial bastard sword; you then plunge into neck-high water while abruptly being lectured by a man resembling Neil deGrasse Tyson about how to avoid being stabbed by fellow class-mates; and all you can think about is that you are late for work. Does this sound familiar? Dreams are a universal experience; they can haunt our nights and send us shooting upwards from our sleep, eyes open and arms trembling. However surreal or absurd our dreams may be, we still question “why does it happen”? Our first speculation is that the dream occurred simply because of something we observed while conscious. Indeed, this may provide explanation of the intangible elements; however, the content of our dreams are just a superficial cover for the actual niche of our dreams. The real purposes of our dreams are extravagantly more beautiful than the aberrational parts we perceive as nonsense. The real purpose of our dreams is to actually improve our survival by enhancing memorization and creativity.
Dreams are a series of thoughts, images, and sensations that occur while a person is asleep. They vary from and reasonable and reflective to extraordinarily unexplainable. The scenes that occur in our minds while we rest happen during the final stage of sleep while the body and mind are changing without doing anything. It is important to understand that although dreams mostly seem coincidental to life and may reflect current events, dreams do not foretell and meanings or messages. Dream theory has been around ever since dreaming has occurred. With the aid of modern sleep research, dream symbolism and fortunetelling is constructed by coincidence and does not foreshadow reality. By considering symbolism from history to present, fortunetelling and the body while asleep, dreams have proven to be no more than a strange story played inside the mind.
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