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9 Little Known Facts about Dreams

Updated on November 7, 2014

Dreams have different meanings to different people. Some think that it may predict the future, be a vision from God, or that they say something about our character and subconscious. Psychologists place the significance on the dream not by what the dream is, but how it is interpreted by the client. Your brain is like a computer, and dreams are like files being organizer and stored while the computer is in hibernation made.

Here is a list of little known facts concerning dreams. Enjoy!

1. If you were born blind, you would not be able to see visual images in your dream. However, you would still have your other senses, such as touch, smell, taste, and hearing.

2. If you were born with sight, even temporarily, you would be able to see visual images in your brain.

3. Scientists say that you can't read in your dreams, but I really don't think that's accurate. When I was in Iraq, we had to take malaria medication, and that produced vivid dreams, and I remember I read in some of them.

4. Scientists also say you can't read time on a non-analog clock in a dream. They go on to say that if you look at a clock it might read one time, then when you look at it again, it will say another time. Also, they say you will not see the seconds hand on the clock moving. I have no idea how they came to that conclusion, and I can't find any peer-reviewed empirical evidence that would lead mental health professionals to that belief. Once again, I have some serious doubts whether if this is true or not.

5. Many people have reported to have dreams that predicted the future. In college, I took an advanced class on the theory of the collective conscious purported by Abraham Maslow. The theory is complex, but basically, it's like there is one computer running on a network, and our brain are all logged into that network. Lincoln predicted that he would be assassinated, victims of September 11, saw buildings caving in or the statue if Liberty falling. Over 20 people aboard the Titanic predicted that it would sink.

6. The worst kind of nightmare is sleep paralysis. I have had a few incidents of sleep paralysis, and really is terrifying. Sleep paralysis occurs when the brain is partially awake, but still in a form of sleep, so they have a vivid nightmare, but they know they are semi-conscious but can not move. Truly frightening.

7. Okay, I am a little embarrassed to mention this one, but I was surprised that it was true. Men will actually get an erect penis 20 times per dream. What made me so surprise about this fact was that many dreams are so incredibly short.

8. A persons brain is actually more alert, and processing lore information during REM sleep than when the person is awake.

9. This one shouldn't be too surprising if you have ever seen a dog sleep, but animals do have dreams. You can see their legs move while they are asleep, a clear indicator that they are walking or running. Dogs can have nightmares, or incredibly pleasant dreams.

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      Consolacion Miravite 

      3 years ago from Philippines

      Fascinating hub! Sometimes, dreams are extensions of our waking hours. What we don't get to do when awake, we get to finished them when we are asleep. I have read somewhere, that if our conscious and unconscious states are in balance, we don't dream. It can be true, since when nothing disturbs me when I am awake, I don't dream. It was fun reading this hub as I was enlightened more about the subject area. Interesting!

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      Brenda Andi 

      3 years ago from Newport Ky.

      I used to remember my dreams not much anymore. I've had nightmares that I could change or wake up from when it got too scary. I remember most of the time I would start the dream where I left off. I would sometimes dream about people I knew but there faces would be different. Liked the hub

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      Sandra Joy Eastman 

      3 years ago from Robbinsdale MN

      My mother was full blooded Norwegian and somewhat psychic. She always said dreaming of certain things had meanings. For example cats mean someone is being deceitful to you; hair means something sad will happen; dreaming about the dead meant you would hear from the living connected to that person. I had had dreams that match this criteria and also Have had dreams for telling a death. When I am emotionally distraught I will dream that I am waking from a nightmare but I am still sleeping and struggling to wake and experiencing the paralyzing event you describe. Those are the very worst kind of dreams.

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      Mel Carriere 

      3 years ago from San Diego California

      I have seen dogs dreaming and even "talking" in their sleep, so I concur on that. I just had a dream where I read several different things, so I want to know who are these "quack" scientists. Interesting hub.

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      Randall Guinn 

      3 years ago from Pinellas Park, Florida

      Good hub Alli. I'm amazed at the number of hubs you produce, and yet still have relevant content.

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      Cheeky Kid 

      3 years ago from Milky Way

      I must say No.3 which is about reading in dreams is very true. I don't know where scientists got the idea that one cannot read in dreams as I know I've done it in a few dreams of mine.

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      Yoleen Lucas 

      3 years ago from Big Island of Hawaii

      Interesting hub. I was taught by a counselor how to interpret dreams; simply act out all the main characters, including sites. She told me we play all the roles in our dreams. I have had some interesting revelations doing this.

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      Akhil Anil 

      3 years ago

      It is very interesting article. Good

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      Laurie 

      3 years ago

      Hi there

      I love your hub as I do know dreams are information for our souls.

      I believe with all my heart that we are given dreams for a reason. I have prophetic dreams that are manifested through the Holy Spirit. It is a way for higher powers to advance our steps.

      Two people could have a similar dream but depending on our life it will have a different meanings (which is why I do not believe in dream books)

      Our dreams are symbolic we just have to learn how to discipher them. I always or usually know my meaning if not I ask to be led to it.

      I never ever forget a dream even in years.

      Anyway well wwritten and organized with insightful information.

      Thank you

      Many blessings

      Laurie

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