A few months ago I watched a movie called “The Candyman”. It was a
horror movie about this psychotic woman who massacres people around her but has
no idea what she's doing. An imaginary creature called “The Candyman” is
appearing to her and talking to her, and she actually thinks that he's the one
who is doing the murdering. Anyway, it was a scary movie and I had a bit of fun
freaking out my mother that night by telling her that “The Candyman” will appear
to her in her dreams (although I didn't think about the consequences if he
really appeared to her and she killed all of us while we were sleeping!).
Fortunately for my mother (and the rest of us), she didn't dream about him that
night. A few weeks later, I did, though! However, I didn't get very scared in my
dream because thanks to a certain technique that I developed a few years ago, I
can somehow avoid any dangers in my dreams by knowing that I'm dreaming and that
nothing bad can happen to me. This helped me in a lot of annoying dreams before
because when I'm in trouble I sometimes just “fly away” in certain situations in
the dream or I just ignore it and tell the bad guy that he can't hurt me because
I know it's just a dream. I have no idea until today how I'm able to do that,
but it really makes me wonder. I also don't know why I had that dream a few
weeks after the movie and not the same night I watched it, especially that I had
completely forgotten about it until the night of the dream, at least consciously.
Anyway, I decided to use the chance of having to write a paper for
Psychology 201 and I almost instantly knew that I was going to explore the world of
dreams and the process of dreaming. Before I go any further though, I think I
know from the start that no matter how much material I gather or people I
interview, I will not be able to explain the process of dreaming because I
believe that it is so complex and mysterious that no man can claim to really
understand it. The maximum that I wish to achieve is just to admire this
incredible phenomenon and to at least try to clarify some of the little details
Some questions come to my mind immediately when I think about dreams:
What causes dreams? Does everybody dream? Do dreams have significant meanings in
reality? Why do some dreams seem so weird and out of ...
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...echnology. The main
problem is the great diversity of the issue and the difficulty of conducting
physical experiments and analysis on such a phenomenon. It is a phenomenon that
defies the laws of physics and society, and the limits of dreams are stretched
as far as the human imagination goes. The best we can do is to give limited
explanations that we think might work with us, but the true secrets of dreaming
will never be uncovered. We can just share our dreams and try to understand some
events that happen to dreamers all around the world, which makes us appreciate
dreams more and more.
Abdel Hamid, Ranya, 22 yrs., Mechanical Engineering major at State University.
Aristotle, “On Dreams”, 350 B.C.
Atkinson, Rita L., “Introduction To Psychology”, 1993.
Dreams Interpretation Services & Resources, “http://www1.rider.edu/~
Farrag, Mariam, 20 yrs., Political Science major at State University.
Ghaleb, Teymour, 23 yrs., Marketing Analyst at Daewoo Co.
Hassan, Farouk, Dr., Practicing Psychiatrist.
Rafik, Nadine, 17 yrs., student at State University.
Shawky, Safinaz, 21 yrs., Economics major at State University.
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