Dream On The word dream is defined as: “1 A train of thoughts or images passing through the mind in sleep. 2 A mental condition similar to that of one sleeping; daydreaming. 3 A visionary idea or fancy.” (“Dream” 216) The phrase “I had/have a dream” has many possible meanings. It could stand for having a dream while you are asleep, having a dream while you are awake, i.e. daydreaming, and having a dream as in a goal you want to accomplish in your life. Dreams play a major role in everyone’s lives in one way or another. Dreams that occur while you are asleep happen in the rapid eye movement stage of sleep. The meaning behind the name ‘rapid eye movement’ stage of sleep is because while you are in the stage of sleep your eyes move very quickly and in a random fashion. You can also dream while in other stages of sleep but they are less memorable and less vivid then dreams that take place while you are in the rapid eye movement stage. There are countless amounts of different types of myths involving dreams, however, it has been proven that none of them are actually true. Scientists are still trying to figure out why we dream and what dreams really mean, but fortunately it does not take a scientist to tell you why you day dream. “Daydreaming is a short term detachment from one 's immediate surroundings, during which a person 's contact with reality is blurred and partially substituted by a visionary fantasy, especially one of happy, pleasant thoughts, hopes or ambitions, imagined as coming to pass, and experienced while awake.” As stated day dreams usually consist of happy thoughts or hopes, despite this being true some people do day dream about unpleasant experiences. Day dreaming can also be interpreted as a type of planning. Planning for an interview or what you will say when you arrive late for a meeting. Day dreaming can be used in many different senses as you can see. Inconsequently, most day dreams
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