Dreams - Dreams are successions of images, ideas, emotions...

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Dreams are successions of images , ideas , emotions and sensations occurring involuntarily in the mind during certain stages of sleep . 1 The content and purpose of dreams are not yet understood, though they have been a topic of speculation and interest throughout recorded history. The scientific study of dreams is known as oneirology . However, throughout history, people have sought meaning in dreams or divination through dreams . 2 Dreams have also been described physiologically as a response to neural processes during sleep; psychologically as reflections of the subconscious ; and spiritually as messages from gods , the deceased, predictions of the future, or from the Soul. Many cultures practice dream incubation with the intention of cultivating dreams that are prophetic or contain messages from the divine . While many theories exist to explain why we dream, no one yet fully understands their purpose, let alone how to interpret the meaning of dreams. In fact, some prominent researchers such as G. William Domhoff suggest that dreams most likely serve no real purpose. 3 Despite this, dream interpretation has becoming increasingly popular. While research has not demonstrated a purpose for dreams, many experts believe that dreams do have meaning. In this paper, I would like to discuss about the dream in scientific manner in the respect to the psychological study rather than historical myths that we always hear about. I will be reviewing The Interpretation of Dreams by Freud, S. as a basis and discussing about Dreams. 1 "Dream" . The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition. 2000 . http://www.thefreedictionary.com/dream . Retrieved 2009-05-07 . 2 C.S. Lewis . The Discarded Image. Canto, Cambridge University Press . ISBN 9780521477352 . 3 Domhoff, G.W. (n.d.). The "purpose" of dreaming. http://www.dreamresearch.net
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First, the author discusses about the interpretation of dream which serves as a cornerstone of psychoanalytic theory. Freud maintained the notion that the dream fundamentally acts as the guardian of sleep. When we go to bed, the curtains are drawn, the lights are turned off and in effect we are attempting to disconnect from our reality by extinguishing all external stimuli. During the night, the mind protects the sleeper from being disturbed by reacting to further external stimuli (noise, temperature, light, the need to urinate, numb arm/leg, pain, etc) as well as all internal stimuli (emotions, fears, dissatisfaction, desires, previous day’s activity) by manufacturing dreams. Freud’s work was solely concerned with internal stimuli. Essentially, for a person to
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This note was uploaded on 05/02/2011 for the course EC 201 taught by Professor Arthurc.grinath during the Spring '10 term at Montgomery College.

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