What dreams really are

By M.Farouk Radwan, MSc.

What dreams really are

Over the past years i have been researching the topic of dreams, i came across many theories, explanations and wild guesses.

Some of these theories were too odd to be accepted while some made a great sense. As i started experimenting the ones i believed in i discovered that some theories make a lot of sense and are most likely to be true.

In this article i am going to tell you what dreams really are by telling you about some of the theories that make sense the most.

Theories about dreams

  • Arrangement of information in the brain: Each day you learn new things, see new people and experience different events. In the night the brain needs to put all the information in your long term memory and code it in such a way that it can be recalled easily. That's why a big percentage of the dreams you get are reflections to events that already happened in your day
  • Training your survival skills: A researcher discovered that when a rat was prevented from dreaming (somehow they did it) it lost its ability to perform its normal survival activities and became an easy prey. Those people suggested that dreams may be a method our minds use to rehearse our survival skills
  • Reflection of our emotions: If you are worried about something you might get some scary dreams or even better you might dream of yourself ending your worries and making your wish come true. Dreams can be reflections of our desires and suppressed emotions
  • Solution to problems: Even when you are asleep a part of your mind will still be working and sometimes the purpose of this part becomes finding the solution to a problem that is bothering you. Many people were inspired when they were asleep and found solutions to important problems as a result of dreaming!!
  • Visions: Though not completely understood it was shown that many people dreamed of certain events before they happened to them exactly as they saw them. While this is rare still it happens and a tiny percent of our dreams can be visions

don't be too concerned about the future

Most dreams are reflections of events that happened in your past or specifically in the past few days. You don't have to be concerned about the future because visions rarely happen and aren't as common as other types of dreams.

Lots of people send me mails telling me that they saw something and that they are afraid to experience it in real life but after talking to them for few minutes i discover that they misinterpreted a dream that was a reflection of something that already happened and not something that is yet to come. (see Dream interpretation tips)

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