What are dreams for?

Human beings have a strange habit: we try to convince ourselves that we are experts at what we don’t know the most. Our curiosity is insatiable, as is our fear of the unknown. Maybe that’s why we want to solve the mysteries too quickly. This is what happens with dreams. We tell them, we interpret them, we want to give them a meaning far removed from their reality. What are dreams for?

Today psychology has not been able to discover all the functions of dreams. However, we know quite a bit about why we dream, and most importantly, why. Throughout history, human beings have tried to discover the meaning of dreams … both from psychoanalysis and esoteric currents (from Joseph in the Old Testament of the Bible as modern seers), the interpretation of dreams has always been subject to previous theories … This is by no means scientific. If there is a prior rigid theory on meanings, this theory will totally condition the experience.

At the end of the article, we will tell you how to interpret your dreams with sincerity. first we will expose what we know about dreams.

What are dreams?

Dreams, or dreams, are stories that we visualize, experience, and feel in the deep phase of sleep or the MOR state (rapid eye movements, REM in English). During this phase, we can live up to 30 or 40 dreams every night. Are you surprised? Why then do we remember only a few or even none?

How are dreams constructed?

During this phase of sleep you are unconscious but your brain and your whole body continue to work to keep you alive. Just as your heart beats and your lungs continue to inhale and exhale, emotional and creative processes take place in your brain that help you learn and develop.

The brainstem it then sends pictures, sounds and sensations to the brain at random, Depending on who you see the most, who you think about the most, or who interests you the most. Then the brain (the neocortex, to be more precise) tries to interpret all of these images and build a coherent narrative. Since you are sleeping there are no usual limits that we believe in in our mind, so dreams are like a child’s imagination … creative, weird, full of possibilities, go beyond the physical limits of our world equipment.

What are dreams for?

Not all of its features are known yet, but here are a few:

  • for the physiological regulation emotionally (in your dreams you experience emotions that you have repressed due to emotional mismanagement).

  • Learning (during sleep and with dreams, the knowledge that you have tried to acquire during the day is assimilated … in such a way that you put it into practice in your dreams in one way or another).

  • Creativity (to find new solutions to new problems).

  • Decision making (To deal with issues more directly, emotionally, without running away, we therefore need to make quick decisions).

In other words, if sleep helps us regulate homeostasis of the body, to rest, to recover our energies and to regulate them, to dream serves to us to regulate our learning, to manage our emotions (perhaps to feel during sleep what we cannot afford to feel during the day and should be felt and experienced), develop our creativity. .. in short, look for new ways to solve problems.

Some curiosities about dreams

During the sleep phase (MOR or REM) people they move their eyes under their eyelids. At this point we are dreaming and the physiological stimuli we receive stimulate the dream or storytelling we are experiencing. Therefore, when they touch us, we experience these sensations in sleep, or if they put a finger in our water, we may feel like we are drowning. If at this moment someone suddenly wakes us up … we can remember, in all the details, up to 5 or 6 dreams.

To learn more about the dream world and the curiosities associated with it, you can read the article “10 curiosities about dreams” by psychologist Bertrand Regader.

Finally, what do the dreams mean? Do they have an interpretation?

Dreams are just a response to what we usually think and experience day in and day out. If we are angry and are suppressing that anger, it is common to dream violently, or to face some of our loved ones. Dreams are just that, a reflection, sometimes at random.

Some people turn into others (just because they are common images in our lives), we remember events from the past that had a special impact, Or we dream of recurring situations that testify to our patterns and perhaps some of our personal blockages and beliefs that remain to be resolved. In short, the meaning and interpretation of our dreams is that these dreams are a masterful example of our mental patterns, our fears, our obsessions, but also our desires, our desires and … our dreams them. themselves.

Finally, who should interpret our dreams?

Only you can interpret your dreams. Perhaps the most sensible thing is not to interpret them, just to hear them and answer the question: what can I learn from my dreams? People who relate more positively to their dreams use them to improve their decision-making and learning. You can do this too. “It’s time to dream!

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