5 Stages of Sleep

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Jenna MeyersCHOICE G

“In a report, explain and compare the theories of dreaming described in your textbook. Write about the theory you find most appealing and tell why. Log on to http://www.dreamgate.com and write about three new things you learned there.”

The textbook refers to five dream theories, Freud’s wish fulfillment, Information-processing, Physiological Function, Activation-synthesis, and Cognitive Development. Freud’s wish fulfillment theory categorizes the topics of dreams and why we have them into simple psychosexual wish fulfillment. His theory is based on the idea that our dreams are nothing more than wish fulfillments of the unconscious, strongly influenced by our sexual cravings and orientation. I believe that dreams need to be understood with the following idea: our mind is made of several layers: Unconscious, Pre-Conscious, Conscious. Freud’s theory may be correct in part, as to the individual’s personal sexual dispositions, but not as a means to define a large spectrum of dreams with the individual’s personal influences. It lacks any scientific support. In contrast, the Physiological Function Theory, which suggests that regular brain stimuli from REM sleep may help develop and preserve neural pathways. “Earlier studies have suggested it appears early in life, in the third trimester in humans, and research has produced evidence the brain of the fetus may in a sense be "seeing" images long before its eyes are opened, so the REM state appears to help the brain build neural connections, especially in the visual areas” (http://www.physorg.com/news177232375.html). This theory while it does have some scientific support, it does not explain why we experience meaningful dreams that hint underlying feelings or emotions that the individual has felt/is feeling at the time being or suppressed memories. The theory does not explain how our mind weaves stories, which make up our dream state that is explained in Activation-synthesis. “Dreams...
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