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Dream Facts: Why do we dream and is it natural?

Updated on December 31, 2013


One of the fascinating things in the world is the occurence of dreams (which has been a source of complete bewilderment and mystery). Other people claim they are omens (premonitions), but many psychologists believe that they are much complicated and realistic than that. But a more interesting question is "Why do we dream?"

The World of Dreams

Several scientists have already decoded almost everything about humans such as anatomy and linguistics. Unfortunately, no matter how much they try to analyze the entire intricate processes the human brain undergoes, they simply end up being entrapped in a maze of frustration.

The mind is like an impenetrable matter that takes a long span of time to explore. The conscious mind may be truly hard to decipher but the unconscious one is even more difficult. Perplexities and complications come along when taking more breadth of analysis on the subconscious mind.

Significantly, the most intriguing of all the activities it undergoes happens when one person is asleep. And according to neurology and psychology, this is also the time when the subconscious mind is active at its peak. Dreams, the mental images the brain projects during sleep, are psychologically brought by the organization of thoughts and manifestation of the unconscious as well as the conscious desires.


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Organization of Thoughts and Dreams

There is a realm of thought claiming that dreams occur as a fundamental step in organizing the information and thoughts the brain collected. As we sleep, the brain still functions to finish or continue processing such bits of information resulting to the occurence of mental visualizations we call dreams.

The day to day activities an individual encounters play significant roles in affecting the flow of information which the brain organizes and interprets. Psychologist Tridon stated, “Freud pointed out a constant connection between some part of every dream and some detail of the dreamer’s life during the previous waking state. This positively establishes relation between sleeping and waking states”. Individuals who engage in numerous tasks, such as businessmen, scientists and accountants, tend to exhaust their minds more, compare to those people whose jobs involve only less physical and mental activities.

In addition, anger, stress and anxiety lead to transmission of unnecessary information which eventually piles up causing turmoil to the organization process. Worn out and all, the brain would project awful dreams as manifestations of those disorganized data processed by the mind. For instance, a wife who gets wary because of the rumors spreading about her husband’s affair with another woman will have uncomfortable sleep due to the excessive anxiety she subjected herself into. This phenomenon creates rippling waves of distorted information impelling the brain to project devastating visualizations, commonly known as nightmares, which may vary on magnitude depending on the level of the disorientation.

Likewise, watching horror or thriller films does the identical effect but only worse. Based on Psychology, these films may trigger turbulence in the organization of thoughts leading to traumatic dreams that may even result to mental disorders. Because human brain can only accommodate certain intensity of distortion, anything beyond it will cause damage and impairment.

Conversely, significant, joyful and memorable happenings each individual faces stabilize the flow of information leading to smooth process of organization. This gives explanation on why people tend to experience flashbacks of those events in form of dreams – the so called “sweet dreams” in layman’s term. Since humans cannot evade being under pressure and stress, meditation and relaxation are advised as they can mend the weary mind so that the brain would organize their thoughts freely. (Check out also this article on how you could maximize happy experiences and reduce the bad ones)


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Unconsciousness and Consciousness

Dreams, however, are also manifestations of the unconscious and conscious desires of a person. They are the means of getting in touch with one’s unconscious mind. They do not try to hide one’s real emotions from hisconsciousness. Instead, they let each person look through his unconsciousness.

According to Psychologist Jung, dreams lead one’s conscious mind to completeness and bring answers to challenges everyone faces. The dominance of man’s unconscious desires leads one person to dream of seemingly impossible dreams like having powers and being able to fly. They occur because humans unconsciously yearn for liberation from sufferings and pains they encounter during their waking states. Dreaming of having magical powers just implies that one person has hidden longing to be dominant and be part of the supremacy.

Wanting something may also be out of consciousness. For example, a freshman bullied by a senior would feel rage and would want to get revenge. He might, then, dream of having supernatural strength and use it to fend off the bullies. Moreover, other people dream of becoming successful artists, singers, doctors and etc. Often, they dream of what they want to achieve in real-life situations. These are manifestations of their conscious wants.


Dreams in a Nutshell

Mystery of dreams undoubtedly bewilders and intrigues. A lot of individuals have tried to explain it, but most only came up with conspiracy theories. They believe that dreams are totally insignificant due to their lack of sense; however, this has started to be altered as factual explanations (i.e. integration of psychology) of how they occur change their erroneous perspectives. It has been proven that dreams do not just come out of nowhere and lead to nowhere. They are products of the interactions of the waking state and the unconscious state of one person (which are the two important concepts in psychology).


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      Renz Kristofer Cheng 4 years ago from Manila

      Incredible! Thanks for sharing your experience. I haven't experienced much of those. I think I only had one of those. When I was in high school, my parents enrolled us in a tutoring center located in front of our school. It was an old building, and the center was in 2nd (or 3rd?) floor. Upon seeing the center, I had a "flashback", because I can vividly remember the place since I dreamed about it already. And you are right, the Déjà vu experience is really something (it's both uncanny and exciting).

      So, I guess, for you, dreams are more of premonitions. Am I right?

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      precy anza 4 years ago from San Diego

      How does it feel?! Thrilled... exciting ^-^' The whole dream doesn't really happen but most or some part of it. The latest one I had was with the car. I had a dream that the car broke down on the road and I was so nervous as I haven't experienced it before. That the problem was with a liquid that goes in the car. I was bothered when I woke up as I don't want it to happen. A couple of days after that I decided to check the cars coolant, and know what? It was almost on the minimum line.

      I also had few more but the best one I love was when I was about to take an exam, my first GED test. That night I had dreamed we got lost (my mom's driving me there), a person showed us the way and I saw us driving home, in a long road, almost dark. The following day we really got lost. And we dropped by to a shopping center and asked someone. And its almost dark when were on the way home, and me riding there on the back set, I can see the long, downhill road and the darkening sky. And that's when I thought, " just like I saw the road in my dream!" :)

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      Renz Kristofer Cheng 4 years ago from Manila

      @precy anza Wow! It's a great gift you have.

      There are dreams that I can still remember - the recurring ones. Some are cool, some are scary. But, regardless, I haven't dreamt of something that happened in real life.

      How does it feel to experience or witness something familiar?

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      precy anza 4 years ago from San Diego

      I love dreaming! And I consider myself lucky as I remember most (if not all) of them. There are dreams on my childhood and teen years that until now, more than 10 years, I still remember. What I love most about dreaming is that some of those dreams did happened. ^.^' Voted up!

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      Renz Kristofer Cheng 4 years ago from Manila

      That happens to me too. Some dreams tend to make me psychologically and mentally exhausted which happen when I keep on worrying or thinking on some serious stuff.

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      Jhudah 4 years ago

      Sometimes i don't like dreaming because it makes me feel exhausted specially dreams about swimming in the middle of the ocean.

      great hub.

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      Renz Kristofer Cheng 5 years ago from Manila

      Updated this hub by putting emphasis on the Psychology behind dreams. This is just to put more focus on the role of Psychology in creating these mental visualizations we know as dreams.

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