5 MYTHS ABOUT DREAMS
A second, just so you know that the dream in question is not the one that we aspire or wish to do in future time or when we grow up but rather the imaginary visions we experience at night when we sleep. There’s a heated debate on whether myths bring about dreams or vice versa. I think both have several similarities and huge differences thus none is responsible for another. To demystify the myths surrounding dreams requires therefore, that we take dreams as event-generated random impulses in the brain. Just like that. The events could be what we were doing or saying during the day.
Some of the myths associated with dreams are:
- That If You Die In Your Dreams, You Will Die In Real Life. If at some point in life you have ever dreamt about dying and you are reading this, then it’s a living prove that it is a myth.
- That Dreams Do Not Mean Anything. Actually, there has never been recognition of interpretation of dreams until the publishing of Freud’s book. Since the impulses generated by brain depict our daily experience sometimes dark ones, it does may mean something. Maybe you can remember the dream first thing in the morning, write it down small fraction of images and ideas then try to associate with them. You will discover that the dream is based on some significant part of you that you thought it has less influence. Try to write each dream you remember every time you dream and unfold the puzzle!
- That Dreaming Is The Best Way The Brain Can Freshen Itself. A lot happens when you enter the dream land. Dreams occur at a period known as REM (rapid eye movement) which takes up to 20% of our sleep period. At this time, despite out restful state, many activities such as respiration, breathing and increase in blood pressure occur. And because of all the mental and ‘physical activities taking place, this cannot be considered at time when the brain takes time to rejuvenate.
- That You Cannot Control Your Dreams. You can actually control your dream. When we are able to decide what we want to dream about or know when we are dreaming and redirect the dream, you have controlled the dream. This is also known as lucid dreaming. Unfortunately, it only occurs to 10% of us.
- That Dreams Only Occur During The REM of Sleep. This happens most of the time but not always. There are dreams that occur at the NREM (non-rapid eye movement) sleep and they contribute largely to the ones that we wake up not remembering. New discoveries have proved the earlier psychologist wrong on their perception about dreams occurring only in REM sleep.
A Selection of Dream Quotes
“You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.”
~ Dr. Seuss
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
~ H. Jackson Brown Jr.
“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.”
~ J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
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