Behind the dreams

Sometimes, we dream of things that are quite odd or random. But can these dreams have a deeper meaning than what we think?

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Behind the dreams

A dreamcatcher, used by Native Americans to protect infants, scare away bad dreams, and catch good ones for the sleeper below.

A dreamcatcher, used by Native Americans to protect infants, scare away bad dreams, and catch good ones for the sleeper below.

A dreamcatcher, used by Native Americans to protect infants, scare away bad dreams, and catch good ones for the sleeper below.

A dreamcatcher, used by Native Americans to protect infants, scare away bad dreams, and catch good ones for the sleeper below.

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Dreams occur in many different forms: as day dreams, nightmares, memories, fictional worlds, etc. Although dreams are often seen as symbolizing one’s own imagination, there have been many implications for dreams playing a significant part of our lives.

Dreams are stories or images our minds create while asleep. Dreams can reveal one’s desires, thoughts, and motivations. Nowadays, dreams are thought of as insignificant; most people usually forget what they dreamt of the next day. On average, a person sees about five dreams every night. Some religions think of dreams as a sign from God. For example, prophets or saints would see dreams that would tell them the future. Ancient civilizations like that of the Middle East would have dream interpreters who would tell people the meaning of their dreams. Even though it may be hard to believe, dreams are more complex then we believe they are, the following stories might change your mind.

Sigmund Freud was one of the first psychologists to really study dreams. His theory was that dreams represent wishes that an individual wants to be fulfilled. More recent theories see dreaming as a way to allow a person to process information from the day, which is how a person learns and develops memories. This may be the way in which the brain stores, processes, and learns information. To test this hypothesis, an experiment was conducted where volunteers were told to complete three tasks  After the tasks were explained, the subjects went to sleep. Some people were woken up throughout the night and the others were allowed to sleep undisturbed. Those who slept the entire night performed the tasks better than those who were woken up.

With nightmares, it is much easier to claim that it is our fears getting the best of us. Once we get over a fear, like some creature from a horror movie, the nightmare disappears along with it. But it is different in my dad’s case. For some reason, my dad has been seeing the same nightmare for the past 30 years. In his dream, my dad is a teenager taking his engineering final exam in Pakistan. He opens the packet and does not know how to solve any of the questions. He is stressing out because he knows he will disappoint his widowed mother and will not be able to support his family if he fails. After attempting the exam, he wakes up and notices himself drenched in sweat. My dad told me he sees this same dream at least once every other week, even though he ended up passing his engineering exam with one of the highest marks and successfully became an electrical engineer. My mom had a dream she failed her Forensic medicine exam and she did. Fortunately, she still became a doctor.

About ten years ago, my baby cousin was severely ill because of medical reasons at birth. My aunt was devastated after he passed away. The day following his death, she saw him playing in Heaven with a big smile on his face. She woke up feeling at ease, seeing this dream as a sign from God that her son was okay and no longer in pain. A few months ago, my friend told me her aunt passed away due to natural causes. Their family was surprised how well her  grandfather took the news and were shocked when he revealed he dreamt his daughter dying the week before so he was mentally prepared. Similarly, my dad had a dream, where my uncle died a month prior to his death. A few years ago, my brother saw a dream where he and his friends saw a meteor crash nearby their location. The next day, he went to hang out with his friends at a park and saw a meteor fall from the sky. Some may call these examples a mere coincidence, but personally, I think it was more.

All info obtained from https://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/guide/dreaming-overview. https://owlcation.com/social-sciences/Dreaming-Minds

 

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