Such Stuff As Dreams Are Made On

I have been thinking a lot about dreams lately.  It is a subject that has always intrigued me as I have regularly experienced vivid and sometimes disturbing dreams throughout my life.  Talking to others it seems that there is quite a wide variety of "dream" experiences out there.

What I have always wanted to understand is why do we dream and how are the dreams conjured up in our minds.

Reading through various theories on the subject, it is suggested that, in sleep,  our brains replay fragments of our day and weave them into some sort of story. Alternatively, it is suggested that it is our brain's way of expressing the subconscious thoughts and problems that are suppressed by our conscious minds when awake.

Given the nature of most of my dreams, it seems the latter theory is more likely in my case.  I do tend to keep my "real" thoughts suppressed, in order to maintain peace and harmony in my life. (My childhood was often fraught with rows and bad tempers).  It is therefore possible that all these hidden anxieties and issues flourish in my pressure cooker brain at night.

Perhaps I should scream and shout more when awake?



6 comments:

  1. Dreams are indeed fascinating. I subscribe to the theory that dreams are all about shaping and storing the experiences of our waking times. I see the brain as a vast warehouse filled with filing cabinets - as far as the eye can see. It's all there. Everything.

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    1. I think my filing system has become a little out of order.

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  2. I sometimes scream in my sleep! Thank goodness not so often anymore. I went through a spell of the most frightening nightmares some years ago - so bad I was fearful of falling asleep. I have absolutely no idea what caused them. I hope saying this doesn't trigger anything!

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    1. That sounds horrible. I too hope that those dreams don't make a comeback. P often dreams of battling an intruder in the room, and ends up lashing out with arms and legs in his sleep. I have many bruises to show for it.

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  3. At least through dreaming you can let out those stresses, worries and sub conscious thoughts.

    Apparently I laugh in my sleep and I have woken up giggling several times...

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    1. Oh, laughing sounds so much better than the dreams I experience.

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