The Role of Dream Robert Stickgold from Harvard Medical School once stated: “I don't know anybody who isn't fascinated by dreams. I mean they are outrageous events in our lives”(NOVA video). Yes, it is true that dreams have always been a widely discussed and researched topic. “They have been responsible for two Nobel prizes, the invention of a couple of major drugs, and innumerable novels, films and works of visual art”(NOVA video). Dreams could actually symbolize a lot of things, since they serve as a window into the unconscious. When we go to sleep every night, our brain is not merely “resting,” it processes and analyzes information we have learned during the day. Dreams then appear with the display of memories and open up the unconscious part of our brain. Therefore, sleeping is essential to help us learn and dreams act like a window into the unconscious. According to Robert Stickgold and Jeffrey M. Ellenbogen, while we are asleep our brain is busy processing information and selecting the most salient details. Over a night of sleep, our memories get refreshed and are resistant to interference in the coming day. In a research run by neuroscientists Matthew Wilson and Bruce McNaughton in 1994, rats appear to unconsciously rehearse a task that was done in the day later in their dreams. Although researchers don’t know what exactly the rats are dreaming, the neurons in their brain appear to be firing in the same order as when completing the task, which represents their “practices” of the task while unconscious. This example is very interesting and inspiring to the researcher. It helped with the discovery that unconscious rehearsing strengthens memory and helps animals as well as humans to learn better. For example students have reported dreams about doing math problems. When doing a lot of math during the day time, people get stressed out and gain a deep imprint in the subconscious. That is why, when entering REM sleep(Rapid Eye Movement sleep, a stage of time when most of the dreaming happens), people’s brains dissect the memory and run the most impressive scenario over again. Many people also reported solving a problem during sleep that they didn’t get to in the day time! It is evident that the function of sleep and the role of dreams are very important; as Robert Stickgold stated in the NOVA video, “it refines the memory, it improves the memory, it makes the memory more useful for the future.” Sigmund Freud, a scientist who had a profound influence in the twentieth century for his theories of personality, talked extensively about how the subconscious was revealed by dreams and how they shaped our personality. According to Freud, “adult personality and ongoing problems are formed primarily by experiences in early childhood”(Psychodynamic Theories of Personality). These experiences are left in people’s subconscious and the unconscious actually has more power over our personalities than our conscious intentions do. In Freud’s theory, personality consists of three major…
The American Dream
Today, many people immigrate to the United States of America in search of the American Dream; strength, protection, and prosperity/success in life that they have always dreamt of. There are plenty of other main topics that describe how money represents part of the American Dream. Strength, protection, and prosperity/success all describe how wealth is part of American Dream, and how the people had to achieve it here in the U.S. and not in their homeland.
On the American…
Dreams are mysterious, amazing, eye-opening and sometimes a nightmarish hell. Unpleasant as they may be, nightmares are an essential part of dreaming. While our more enjoyable dreams are created by wishes and desires, nightmares are a result of other feelings like stress and anxiety. However, like many dreams, nightmares are not as straight forward as they seem. Today, I will be discussing many different types of common nightmares.
One common nightmare is the occurrence of a natural or manmade disaster…
Professor Mark Richert
12 February 2013
Dreams are like a world full of mysteries and fascinations, where there is very little reality or none at all. Dreams are made out of a series out thoughts, images, and emotions that happen in a person’s mind while they are sleeping. 90% of your brain requires to be active in order for you to be able to dream. According to psychologist Wiseman there is people who can actually dream the future, it might not be exactly as they dreamt about…
My Dream theory Analysis
According to Sigmund Freud a dream is an unconscious wish fulfillment.
Every dream has an underlying message to things that are connected with or conscious
problems or wishes.
On my first night I dream that I was driving my four wheeler back home. Home is a
desert, so I was just riding and it was peaceful. The day was coming to end it was a maybe a
little after sunset, but the further I was going I became more frightened. When I tried to turn
around I only found myself back in the direction I was going in…
I like "dropout" as an addition to the American Dream language because it's brief and it's clear. What I don't like is that we use it almost entirely as a dirty word.
We only apply it to people under twenty-one. Yet an adult who spends his days and nights watching mindless TV programs is more of a drop out than an eighteen-year-old who quits college, with its frequentl mindless courses, to become, say, a VISTA volunteer. For the young, dropping out is often a way of dropping in.
To hold this…
Running Head: DREAMS
State Fair Community College
Dreams can range from normal and ordinary, to overly surreal and bizarre. The events in dreams are generally outside the control of the dreamer, with the exception of lucid dreaming, where the dreamer is aware. Dreams can have varying natures, such as frightening, exciting, magical, melancholic, adventurous, or sexual. Dreams can, at times, make a creative thought occur to a person or be a sense of inspiration…
A dream is what starts off my day as well as millions of other people. Sleep is essential to human growth and life. During sleep we dream, which is a way for our mind to set itself apart from the body and do whatever it desires. Dreaming is very complex and therefore hard to interpret since some can be controlled or linked to our feelings from a particular day.
We have all awakened in the middle of the…
Why Do We Dream?
Modern Theories of Dreaming
By Rebecca Turner Lucid Dream Forum
Why do we dream? Ancient civilizations saw dreams as portals for receiving wisdom from the gods. In modern psychology, Sigmund Freud famously theorized that dreams were the "royal road to the unconscious". Modern theories suggest it's not as complicated as that. Are we getting closer to understanding dreams?
Freud - aka the father of dream research - gave psychoanalysis as one explanation for why we dream. But Freud…
are dreams and why do we have them are often questions that are easy to ask but difficult to answer. The question of whether dreams have a psychological affect has yet to be determined. These factors haven’t stopped scientists from researching and brainstorming ideas. There are several approaches as to why we dream. One is that, dreams go hand in hand with sleep to help the brain sort through everything it collects throughout the day. Scientists have still not determined the purpose of dreams or their…