- Mental Health
9 Little Known Facts about Dreams
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.