They’re Funny things, dreams. Did you notice that you always forget the awesome ones and remember the weird ones? Like walking into a room where Daffy Duck and Leonardo Dicaprio are chatting away. For hundreds of years, dreams have people dumbfounded. Questions like, why do we dream and what do our dreams mean had people baffled in the past but recently dreams have been subjected to empirical research and scientific study.
If dreams are the touchstones of our characters as Henry David Thoreauhad said, does that mean that dreams influence how we act?
Firstly, we have to understand why we dream. While many theories have been proposed, no single consensus has emerged which is bizarre as we spend as much time in a dream state as we do in reality. However, it’sthought that dreams are created from the hidden feelings, desires and fears that we apprehend to express in reality.
Chances are that everyone has dreamt of standing up to their fears and going after their hopes and desires. So, how does this affect out character? Well, through dream analysis we can get a better understanding of what our dreams mean. If someone has a big dream where they gain what they want out of life, it’s up to that person to either go after that dream or let it go. As a result, moulding the kind of person that we want to be.
It’s funny that even though people can be very different they all have one thing in common, Dreams. We all do it. It’s interesting to see the commonalities among all our dreams.
According to Dream researchers, Dreams are often illogical. In a lot of our dreams we end up in certain places that are completely different to where we began. One minute we could be on a sitting on a beach and next thing you know you’re being chased down a street. We’re able to do things that we physically can’t do in reality like flying.
Another commonality that we all share is not remembering our dreams, which can be really annoying when you have the inspiration to create your own Tarantino Movie! Dream researcher, J. Allan Hobson, estimated that as much as “95 percent of all dreams are quickly forgotten shortly after waking”.This is because the part of the brain that plays a key role in memory formation is not used during REM sleep, which is the stage of sleep where dreaming occurs.
Science is still trying to comprehend why we actually do it. Some researchers suggest that dreams are pointless, that there’s no reason as to why we do it. Others believe that dreaming is an essential part of life because it is essential to our mental, physical and emotional well-being. Either way, they make for brilliant stories, help us to break free from reality and help us to discover who we are.