The Film Inception: Is It Possible to Control and Manipulate a Dream or Someone Else’s?

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“What is the most resilient parasite? Bacteria? A virus? An intestinal worm? An idea. Resilient... highly contagious. Once an idea has taken hold of the brain it's almost impossible to eradicate. An idea that is fully formed - fully understood - that sticks; right in there somewhere.” (Inception. Christopher Nolan. Emma Thomas. Film. Warner Bros Pictures.) And who can deny the ideas put into everyone’s mind that watched “Inception”? Begging the question, Is it possible to control and manipulate a dream or someone else’s.

Thanks to the discovering the connection between REM sleep and dreaming, researchers can now catch dreams as they happen. (Myers, David G. Psychology Eight Edition in Modules. Catherine Woods, 2007 Print.) First what is a dream? A dream is a sequence of images, emotions, and thoughts passing through a sleeping person’s mind. Dreams occur during REM sleep, a stage in the sleep cycle. REM sleep is characterized by rapid eye movement with muscles relaxed and other body systems working. We usually dream about events that happened during the day, thinking of an alternative outcome, failing at a task, being attacked, being rejected, taking an exam and being stressed out, or even writing a paper (well maybe not the paper part). Everyone dreams, even blind people, instead of visual images they dream with their non-visual senses like smelling, hearing, touching, tasting, they are used in their dreams just like images are used in ours. Also there are many different types of dreams from daydreams to nightmares, the most important dream for my research is called Lucid Dreaming. Lucid dreaming is when the dreamer is aware that they are dreaming and in return have the control to do anything they want in their dreams. If we ...

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...which the researcher can follow on a monitor, but more in a sense that certain items and objects can be identified as being part of a dream scenario," Czisch says.” ( Vergano, Dan. “Last night I had the strangest dream” USA Today. April 5, 2013. 2a. EBSCO Host. Newspaper. Dec. 17 2013)

Works Cited

Inception. Christopher Nolan. Emma Thomas. Film. Warner Bros Pictures.

Myers, David G. Psychology Eight Edition in Modules. Catherine Woods, 2007

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Vergano, Dan. “Last night I had the strangest dream” USA Today. April 5, 2013. 2a.

EBSCO Host. Newspaper. Dec. 17 2013

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