Informative Speech Outline On Dreams

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Outline

Introduction
I. Attention-Getter: Have you ever thought why we dream and if there is any real meaning to what we dream?

II. Central Idea: There are several theories of why we dream and the meaning related to our dreams.

III. Credibility: In preparation of this speech, I did read numerous articles on the subject and I also did confer with friends and family.

IV. Preview of Points: In my presentation today, I am going to highlight some interesting findings that I have found when I was researching the very interesting topic of dreams.

(Transition: Let us take a peek into the mystical world of dreaming.)

Body
I. Why do we dream?
A. Sigmund Freud’s theory of dreams suggested that dreams are a representation of unconscious desires,
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Summary
A. One viewpoint is that dreams and dreaming are just random and meaningless happenings that occur while we are asleep.
B. The other viewpoint is that there is a definite purpose and meaning attached to dreams and dreaming.
II. Clincher (Final Thought)
It appears that we are just scratching the surface when it comes to dreams, the reasons why we dream, and the meanings of these dreams.

Bibliography
Freud, Sigmund, and Joyce Crick. The Interpretation of Dreams. Oxford: Oxford UP, 1999. Print.

Hobson, J. Allan. Dreaming as Delirium: How the Brain Goes out of Its Mind. Cambridge, MA: MIT, 1999.
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Allan. Dreaming: An Introduction to the Science of Sleep. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2002. Print.

Hobson, J. Allan. Dreaming: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford Univ, 2011. Print.

Domhoff, G. William., and Calvin S. Hall. Finding Meaning in Dreams: A Quantitative Approach. New York: Plenum, 1996. Print.

"5 Characteristics That All Dreams Have in Common." About.com Health. Web. 28 Mar. 2016. .

"What Psychology Says About Dreams." About.com Health. Web. 28 Mar. 2016. .

"Why Do We Dream? The Most Popular Theories." About.com Health. Web. 28 Mar. 2016. .

"How Did Psychoanalysis Influence Psychology?" About.com Health. Web. 28 Mar. 2016. .

Hobson, J. Allan. "Dreaming." States of Brain and Mind (1988): 31-33. Web.

Nosek, C. L., C. W. Kerr, J. Woodworth, S. T. Wright, P. C. Grant, S. M. Kuszczak, A. Banas, D. L. Luczkiewicz, and R. M. Depner. "End-of-Life Dreams and Visions: A Qualitative Perspective From Hospice Patients." American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine 32.3 (2014): 269-74. Web.

List of Visual Aids
Powerpoint

Discussion questions:
1) Why do we not always remember our dreams?
Probably because our mind are immediately starting to process all kinds of other things the moment we are waking
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