PBS’s, Nova What Are Dreams, is a forty-five-minute documentary about how different stages of sleep effect our dreams. Throughout the documentary, we also witness how dreaming is essential for making sense of the world around us.
To dream is to desire an achievement which seems unobtainable. Most everyone has trouble convincing themselves that their dreams are within reach. Jim Carrey once said, “So many of us choose our path out of fear disguised as practicality.” This is a result of allowing dreams to remain dreams and, instead, opting to take a more reliable path. In doing so, a sense of emptiness that never completely dies out is often developed. Jim Carrey has spoken publicly numerous times about his feelings toward following dreams, however, his commencement speech at the Maharishi University of Management stands out the most. Carrey's experience as an actor undoubtedly aided in his ability to project a highly impactful message to his audience.
Dreaming of success, a bright future, or even hope? An idea placed in the Declaration of Independence, The American Dream has been a beacon of hope to many; however, does The American Dream really exist? Some can and will argue that it’s dead, and that it isn’t achievable. I believe it’s alive, but it has to be realistic. By being realistic, anything could be possible, but only with the amount of effort put forth. The American Dream is an opportunity in which a determined person can have exceptional success through dedication and hard work, achieving equality, freedom, and personal goals.
What does it mean to dream? Well, I believe dreams will always remain a mystery of phenomenons that science will never be able to explain. However, we can interpret our dreams in many different aspects. Philosophers, such as Alan Watts, interpret dreams in an interesting way, such as it being an adventure (The Dream of Life). From this, I’d like to think of dreams as adventures for our minds; we’re subconsciously wandering to a new adventure every time we decide to rest our eyes.
Before, during, and after the logging of my sleep journal, I learned an abundance of information about myself in accordance to the dreams I had been having. The last ten days I logged what I was eating, when I went to bed, how many times I woke up during the night, and when I woke up for the day. As soon as I woke up for the day, I wrote as much as I could remember about the dream/s I had. (Sometimes I had more than one dream in one night.) I will first say that my sleeping patterns are not at all constant. In fact, they seemed to bounce all over the place. I can confirm that everything that I dreamt about correlated with my thoughts during the day. So, to me, it seems obvious that my dreams are being based off of the cognitive approach to dreaming.
Dreaming is a huge part of people’s lives. Dreams happen to everybody and are different to everybody. They tell a lot about a person’s life. Dreams are viewed differently by so many people. People have opinions on what makes dreams happen, what dreams are, and what they mean. The way our brain creates a dream is fascinating and interests many people.
When it comes to sports, you can either use mental agility or physical prowess. For me when I think about sports I think about using your brain. I believe this because when you participate in sports you have to be able to remember your steps and plans to play. It’s also important to have good physical abilities. This varies depending on which sport you are discussing. If you are talking about running then you may want to focus more on physical things such as speed, and in football physical aspects are a bit more important because being strong is a big part of it. Some sports use physical and mental ability equally, such as cheer. You have to count and remember what happens next in your routine, while at the same time be strong enough to lift
They were unable to distinguish between the dream world and reality. Here are some examples of how humans interpret dreams in different cultures around the world. Shamans use dreams to diagnose illness. It is thought that the unconscious brain has an awareness of malfunctions in the body long before the conscious brain. In this sense, shamans are psychoanalysts. The ancient Egyptians used dreams to make predictions about the future. They thought dreams were messages from the gods, which contained vital wisdom and prophecies. Similarly, people in the Western world in the 1900s used dreams to find game, predict the weather, and tell the future. In Greek and Roman eras, they interpreted dreams as messages from God or from the dead. The Chinese believed that the soul leaves the body to go into an acute place that you visit every night. Today I first discussed when dream occurs. Second, I discussed theories of dream. Finally, I discussed the dream interpreter. Understanding when dream occurs, theories of dream and what they mean help us grasp what dreams actually
According to a Native American belief, a dreamcatcher absorbs dreams but allows only the pleasant ones to reach the person while he/she is asleep. Traditionally, this protective symbol was made by the mythical spider lady for the infants so that negativity in the form of nightmares would not enter their minds. Gradually, as the Native American peoples spread, it became impossible for the lady to reach every newborn. Thereafter, the task of making the dreamcatcher was given to the mother of the child. She would create the charm using beads, feathers, thread and hung it over the infant's crib. Over time, the symbol spread to other cultures, which led
In this essay I will discuss Flanagan’s reasons for believing consciousness is an adaptation, I also will discuss why sleep is an adaptation and his stance on dreams being spandrels. And I will end with my opinion on why dreams may or may not be significant based on Flanagan’s theory and the treat simulation theory. I will also discuss the reasons why or why not dreams may have an evolutionary function. As well as Freud’s view on what a dreams function could be. Lastly I will discuss how dreams sooth the soul before death.
There have been many times in my life where I have either woken up in the middle of the night from a horrible nightmare or woke up in the morning trying to recall my dreams. I have spent a lot of time researching what my dreams mean. Although we have experienced countless dreams in our lifetime, do we ever stop to think: how dreams occur? How dreams affect our lives? Do dreams even mean anything? Today in my informative speech about dreams, I hope to enlighten you about dreams forming in our minds, the important of dreams, and lastly the interpretations of dreams.
To many people, one's own dreams can tell a lot about a person. What exactly is a dream? A dream is a series of thoughts, images, and sensations occurring in a person's mind during sleep. If someone was to dive even deeper into what is exactly is a dream they would see that dreams is more complicated than what its definition defines it to be. Based on Bunuel's “Une Chien Andalou” and Freud “On Dreams”, the most psychologically significant aspects of dreams are sexual desires and wants that seem to only come out in dreams due to being repressed.
Furthermore OBEs and lucid dreams are very different in the sense that a person undergoing an OBE is convinced that the experience is a real event taking place in a physical world and is definitely not a dream. Whereas in a lucid dream the person knows that it is a dream and not an actual or real life event. But then there is an exception to this difference where sometimes one feels as if one is leaving the body and also knows that it is a
My whole body was paralyzed and at that moment I was convinced that I was going to die. Daunting thoughts began to swell within my head and the yearning to cry was only thriving as the minutes passed. Sleeping had become a struggle ever since my parents had announced their divorce two months prior. Dealing with the consistent fighting of my parents during the day was enough to make me want to sleep eternally at night. However, after experiencing sleep paralysis for the first time I was then introduced to the enchanting world of lucid dreaming. As an illustration, I was enchanted by the creations I could cultivate as I slept. Under those circumstances, lucid dreaming is an overwhelming phenomenon that has had a substantially positive impact on my life.
I personally think it is very well possible to learn lucid dreaming with the appropriate attitude. You cannot try it for a week and give up because it did not work out on the first few tries. It is highly likely that learning how to dream lucid will take up more time for one person and less for the other, it is individual and you cannot say: “Everybody can learn lucid dreaming in just a month!” As mentioned above, the first method did not work out for me even after a long time of trying. I think it is due to the fact that the reality checks became too familiar and I just