State of Consciousness
What do Dreams Mean?
Dreams can be the unanswered questions to ones thoughts or can create new questions by dawn. The phenomena of dreaming has been researched and studied since the study of the human mind has been studied; psychology. The works and wonders of the human brain is still unknown to many scientists. And that is because it is the most complex component of the human anatomy. The brain is working twenty-four-seven but when it has the chance to rest, the unconscious mind is still at work. Why do dreams happen? And is there a bigger meaning behind what happens in our dreams?
State of Consciousness
The complexity of the human body is still being studied today and psychologists have proposed many questions about the most important part, the brain. There are many theories as to how and why dreams occur. But there is no direct definition of what consists of a dream. From a scientist’s point of view, dreams are distinguished as normal brain activity which “involves the processing of ordinary sensory information that has previously been received,” (Chambers dictionary 2007). When a subject is at rest, the mind is still at work. That means all the information processed throughout the day is accessed and gathered during sleep. Dreams are the subject of extensive research that will be ongoing for ages to come. In some cultures dreams are a phenomenon and have been viewed as a spiritual experience or the soul leaving the body while at rest. Nonetheless, there are many aspects of dreams that have been studied, researched, and that have imposed questions:
1. What are Dreams?
2. Do dreams have any significance?
3. What is REM sleep?
Illustrating the science of dreams with an understanding of lucid dreaming, the significance of dreams, and REM sleep will unearth what dreams are all about. What are dreams?
In Chambers Dictionary of the Unexplained (2007), dreams are “experiences of images, sounds, sensations and emotions that are not directly due to external stimuli.” Dreams are generally associated with sleeping. But some sleep experts believe that the state of mind required for dream activity can still occur when a subject is awake, extremely tired, and/or suffering from sleep deprivation. In Bloomsbury Guide to Human Thought (1993), its definition of dreams are “representations of unconscious wishes which are not accessible in a waking state.” The mind is in a state of unconsciousness but at the same time, it is still working. The many unconscious thoughts and what you experience throughout the day are all gathered in the mind subliminally and constantly. When the mind is at rest all that information isn’t erased but instead picked through and interpreted according to the subject’s personality or likings. If someone is sleep deprived, it hinders the minds natural homeostasis and that can result in hallucinations. The amount of sleep someone gets can have a big impact on their health. Depriving the mind of sleep means depriving its chance to unravel and sort through the endless information gathered daily through dreams. Sleep deprivation can cause a mental decline and as I mentioned earlier, hallucinations. That shows the severity of what can happen when a subject loses sleep and doesn’t give the unconscious mind the chance to reboot. Do dreams have any significance?
When someone wakes up from a weird dream, they often connect their daily lives to what happens in their dreams. Though there is a connection, often times it’s simply the mind’s interpretation of what has happened throughout the day. In the 19th century, Romantics believed dreams were messages from ‘the Beyond’ (Bloomsbury 1993). Many denied that dreams had any significance at all, while Materialists “[claim] that dreams were no more than the results of body activities and sense stimuli during sleep,”...
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Dreams. (1993). In Bloomsbury guide to human thought. London, United Kingdom: Bloomsbury. Retrieved from http://db26.linccweb.org/login?url=http://search.credoreference.com.db26.linccweb.org/content/entry/bght/dreams/0
Dreams. (2003). In The Macmillan Encyclopedia. Basingstoke, United Kingdom: Macmillan Publishers Ltd. Retrieved from http://db26.linccweb.org/login?url=http://search.credoreference.com.db26.linccweb.org/content/entry/move/dreams/0
Rapid eye movement (REM) sleep. (2004). In The concise Corsini encyclopedia of psychology and behavioral science. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley. Retrieved from http://db26.linccweb.org/login?url=http://search.credoreference.com.db26.linccweb.org/content/entry/wileypsych/rapid_eye_movement_rem_sleep/0
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