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Am i dreaming now?

My previous post asked how can I be sure I am not always dreaming? and are dreams conscious experiences that occur during sleep?

The functioning of the human mind remains in great measure for wonder, amazement, and discovery for all mankind. Some of mankind’s greatest scholars have attempted to count and define the vast amount of brain functions. Through years of experiment and observation, man has excelled in the understanding of many of the brain’s functions. However, the function of dreaming continues to stump verification, and many have theorized about its purpose. Sigmund Freud was a pioneer in developing theories on the usage of dreams.



Freud was able to use dreams as a key to unlock the unawareness level of our unconscious minds. His extensive work still contributes to the modern field of psychology

“[Dreams are] the royal road to the unconscious.”

Freud is stating in other words, that dreams bring us down to the deep level of our unconscious mind.

In Freud’s theory of dreams, he states that dreams are the surest ground of psychoanalysis. The interpretation of dreams is the most direct way to insight in to the unconscious. The unconscious comes to life in our nightly dreams. These illusions that we create, the alteration of character can help to understand the problems we have in our waking life.

Freud explored the possibility of universal symbols in dreams to help interpret situations happening in a persons life. A child may go through a painful experience. The older the person gets she will start to forget about it, pushing it into her unconscious mind. Even though it is forgotten, it is still there and she starts to recapture the experience in dreams, confusing dreams with distorted images so she doesn’t know what it means. She continues having the dream night after night. Finally she decide she had had enough. She makes an appointment with a  psychoanalyst  (dream  interpretation, and analysis of resistance and transference are used to explore repressed or unconscious impulses, anxieties, and internal conflicts, in order to free psychic energy for mature love and work), where he will help she analyze his/her dream and find the root of her conflict; then he’ll help she cope with pain, so she can sleep better at night.

For me personally I push my problems to my unconscious mind almost like it is a defence mechanism. People avoid there issues by hiding them in the back of their mind. I read in an article that although nightmares can be extremely distressing for people, but they are trying to warn us that we are caught up in some internal conflict needing resolution to help our well-being. Some believe that nightmares help prepare us for scary situations so we will know how to react to terror. Once you know what is the root of your nightmares you can take steps to do something about it, and that’s what Freud studied about being able to examine the mind in helping interpret dreams.



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