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Why Do we Dream? Do dreams serve a purpose?
Transcript of Why Do we Dream? Do dreams serve a purpose?
- To Help Solve Problems
- To Cope With Trauma
- To Interpret your life We may dream to de-clutter our brains. Through out the day we are constantly thinking and learn new information. When we sleep we are , in a way, filing away key information and discard meaningless data. (1) Critics of this theory also point out that our brains are not the same as computers, and to draw a comparison to filing, processing and storage space is likely to be inaccurate. (1) Time to Solve the Problem Dreams can help us solve problems. We may dream the answer to a problem that has been lingering in our minds during the day. But it’s just a theory. In one experiment, Deirdre Barrett (a psychologist at Harvard University) had college students pick a homework problem to try to solve in a dream. The problems weren't hard; they were fairly easy questions that the student simply hadn't gotten around to solving yet. Students focused on the problem each night before they went to bed. At the end of a week, about half the students had dreamed about the problem and about a quarter had a dream that contained the answer, Deirdre Barrett said.
So at least in the cases where problems are relatively easy, some people can solve them in their sleep. (2) Dreams can help you Cope With Trauma Dreams are of crucial importance to our wellbeing, and there appears to be a neurological need for our bodies to dream. “Researchers think that REM sleep and dreams play an integral role in helping us to regulate our emotions, consolidate memories, process information, and adapt to stress. It is therefore not surprising that dreams play a significant role in the processing of and recovery from trauma,” say Suzanne Phillips and Dianne Kane (Co-authors of "Healing Together") Dream interpretation is the process of assigning meaning to dreams. In many ancient societies, such as those of Egypt, dreaming was considered a supernatural communication whose message could be unravelled by people with certain powers or by gods. Dream Interpretations -The ancient Egyptians used dreams to make predictions about the future. They thought dreams were messages from the gods, which contained vital wisdom and prophecies. -Religions like Christianity consider dreams as significant because they look at dreams as manifestations of God's revelations. Genesis 37:5-11
9 Then the chief butler told his dream to Joseph, and said to him, “Behold, in my dream a vine was before me, 10 and in the vine were three branches; it was as though it budded, its blossoms shot forth, and its clusters brought forth ripe grapes. 11 Then Pharaoh’s cup was in my hand; and I took the grapes and pressed them into Pharaoh’s cup, and placed the cup in Pharaoh’s hand.” 12 And Joseph said to him, “This is the interpretation of it: The three branches are three days. 13 Now within three days Pharaoh will lift up your head and restore you to your place, and you will put Pharaoh’s cup in his hand according to the former manner, when you were his butler. 14 But remember me when it is well with you, and please show kindness to me; make mention of me to Pharaoh, and get me out of this house. 15 For indeed I was stolen away from the land of the Hebrews; and also I have done nothing here that they should put me into the dungeon.” 16 When the chief baker saw that the interpretation was good, he said to Joseph, “I also was in my dream, and there were three white baskets on my head. 17 In the uppermost basket were all kinds of baked goods for Pharaoh, and the birds ate them out of the basket on my head.” 18 So Joseph answered and said, “This is the interpretation of it: The three baskets are three days. 19 Within three days Pharaoh will lift off your head from you and hang you on a tree; and the birds will eat your flesh from you.” When I think of Dream interpretations, I think about the Story of Joseph and his dreams Sigmund Freud According to Sigmund Freud, dreams always have a manifest and latent content. The manifest content is what the dream seems to be saying. It is often bizarre and nonsensical. The latent content is what the dream is really trying to say. Dreams give us a look into our unconscious. Freud classified the images into the following five processes:
This occurs when the desire for one thing or person is symbolized by something or someone else.
This happens when the dreamer propels their own desires and wants onto another person.
This is characterized when the dreamer's repressed urges or suppressed desires are acted out metaphorically.
This is the process in which the dreamer hides their feelings or urges by contracting it or underplaying it into a brief dream image or event. Thus the meaning of this dream imagery may not be apparent or obvious.
This is regarded as the final stage of dreamwork. The dreaming mind organizes an incoherent dream into one that is more comprehensible and logical. This is also known as secondary revision. So Why do we Dream? And Do dreams serve a purpose? Bibliography (1) Rettner, Rachael. "Sleep on It: Dreams Help Solve Day's Problems." Msnbc.com. Msnbc Digital Network, 27 June 2010. Web. 10 Jan. 2013. (2) "Tag Archives: How Dreams Help Us Overcome Loss or Trauma." Marriage Gems. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Jan. 2013. (3) "The Literary Mind." Why Do We Dream? N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Jan. 2013. (4) "Are Dreams Important?" Importance of Dreams. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Jan. 2013. (5) "Dream Moods: Dream Theories: Sigmund Freud." Dream Moods: Dream Theories: Sigmund Freud. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Jan. 2013. (6) "Why Do We Dream? Modern Theories of Dreaming." Why Do We Dream? Modern Theories of Dreaming. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Jan. 2013. (7) The New King James Bible There are many theories on why we dream. Honestly, Dreams are important to our wellbeing needs, and our neurological needs.