To begin with let us take into account the words of Sigmund Freud “Dreams form the royal road to the unconscious mind”. Since the inception of humanity, many individuals have tried to understand the “Why” behind dreams. The first reported studies on dreams were made by the Greek Philosopher Aristotle as there is indeed something weird about the kind of dreams we see in our daily lives. Some researchers assert that dreams reflect the innate and impulsive desires while others assert that dreams reflect the fears. The most comprehensive studies in this regard have been made Sigmund Freud, Carl Gustav Jung and many others. As shown quite clearly in the movie “Inception”, dreams make use of actual images and reflections. Surely, most of the dreams we see create confusion as they are based on meaningless associations emerging from the unconscious mind. In simple words, most of the dreams are obscure and so randomized that it becomes virtually impossible to trace out a logical meaning from them. Here arises a very basic question that “Why do we Dream”? Till now, none of the dream analysts and researchers had been able to make any definite explanation about the “Why” behind dreams. Viewed from a religious perspective, many people believe that dreams are a way to get in touch with God, while others believe that dreams serve as a medium of communicating with the paranormal. So, it can be safely asserted from the above discussions that dreams do somehow serve to provide a comprehensive knowledge about oneself which is possible by seeking the element of commonality in your dreams. As it is quite corroborated now that the very nature of dreams is based on the element of unearthliness, let us now have a look at the 10 weird facts about dreams.
10. Blind People Also Dream
For those who do not know let me tell you that blind people who become blind after their birth see dreams the same way as all other people do. In fact there dreams are more vivid than our dreams. One answer to this weird fact can be their extreme desire to just “see” things. In order to fulfill their desire, their brain interprets images in a more detailed way. In comparison, the people who are born blind also see dreams. But their dreams are based on the information which they had encountered from their functioning senses like that of touch, taste, smell and audition. It is also said that the imagination of the blind people is stronger and actual than the normal people.
9. We forget nearly 60 to 90 % of our dreams
As soon as we wake up, more than half of the dream is forgotten in the initial few minutes. The more hard we try to remember it, the more details about the dream we lose. The above mentioned explanation is supported by the researches that have been conducted at the International Institute of Dream Research. So, why do we forget dreams? The most probable and well accepted answer to this question was given by Sigmund Freud, the father of psycho analysis. His theory of repression stated that the dreams are based on the fulfillment of our wishes. So, in order to block most of the wishes from our consciousness, the brain intervenes and bocks most of the unwanted content of the dream. In comparison to the answers given by Freud, many other theories have tried to answer this weird question in a very simple way by stating that we forget most of our dreams as they are trivial and less interesting.
8. More than 1000 Dreams a year
Most of the people dream every night. For those who say they do not dream at all, let me tell them that they do dream but forget most of them. Based on the participant studies and dream research conducted by many psychologists and psycho analysts, it is said normally we see 2 to 5 dreams each night. Calculated on a yearly basis, it makes more than 1000 dreams. Many of the neurologists and neuroscientists also assert that seeing dreams all the night is a pointer towards an uncomfortable sleep. At the same time, those people who use various forms of anti-depressant drugs may see more randomized dreams.
7. Rapid Eye Movement (REM)
During the course of sleeping, the REM phase is marked by random and fast movement of the eyes which goes unnoticed. This phase of the human sleep was first identified in the 1950,s by a panel of physiologists. The REM phase is experienced on an average of 90 to 120 minutes per night. Now, what’s more bizarre and weird about this phase is the fact that is during the REM phase we see most our dreams. In the initial stages of your sleep, the REM phases are quite short, but as your sleep progresses, the upcoming REM phases get more and more long. The REM sleep is also known by the name of “Paradoxical Sleep”, as the patterns of the brain waves seen during this phase are quite similar and sometimes even more rapid than the one’s seen during waking hours.
6. Dreams are necessary for preventing psychosis
portance of dreams in our life can be understood by the fact that seeing dreams at a normal rate is necessary for the healthy functioning of the mind and the body. This fact can be better understood by the study which was made on a group of college students. They were made to sleep in an observation chamber. As soon as the REM phase of their sleep started, their sleep was disturbed. After a few disturbances, they were allowed to sleep for nearly 8 hours which is the usual sleep time. This procedure was continued for 2 to 3 days, after which the students had started experiencing hallucinations, irritation, lack of concentration, irrational behaviors, all of which are the signs of a suspected psychosis. Afterwards, they were allowed to sleep undisturbed, but another weird sleep mechanism was observed in it. Their brain had extended their REM phases in order to compensate for the previous sleep deprivations.
5. We Dream of what we see
All the people who dream assert that in some of their dreams they see and talk to those individuals whom they have never seen in their lives. But in reality, whatever we see in our dreams is all the part of our conscious experiences (things we see during waking hours). Most of the dream analysts have asserted that our brains do not invent or construct these images, as they are already present in our memories to which we have no direct access. So, another deduction can be made from this yet another weird aspect that dreams help us in getting access to the lost memories.
4. Some People See Colorless Dreams
Nearly 10 % of the sighted people see dreams in black and white color, while the remaining ones see dreams in full colors. It is quite unclear that why the some people see dreams in black and white colors and till now no definite explanations have been provided from any of the top notch dream analysts. Answering this question would generate a number of other questions like “How did you know that the person sees his dreams in black and white?” “Is there a device that measures whether a person is seeing his or her dream in colorful or colorless forms?” As I have mentioned earlier that these facts do happen, as the experiences of millions of individuals can’t be wrong. (10 % people = millions of people)
A considerable percentage of our dreams are based on whatever we think the entire day. In fact more than 60 percent of our dreams are based on pre-cognition. As mentioned earlier most of our dreams reflect our desires and wishes which come to determine the course of lives. In other words, it is our wishes and desires that determine our thinking and preference patterns. This weird fact also serves as a pointer to yet another fact about dreams that some of the dreams are indeed hidden manifestations of the unconscious mind.
2. More than 50 % of the people experience recurring dreams
Presently, there is a large population of people who claim they often see recurring dreams at random intervals. This fact reflects the intensity of attachment you have with that dream, whether the attachment is positive or negative. For example, children often report that they see paranormal figures in their dreams. This is because of the intense fear, incorporated into their minds by their parents, elder siblings, or peer groups. Another example can be of those who individuals who report seeing extremely sexual dreams. The association in the former example was negative, while in the latter one can be positive or negative.
- 1. Dream Incorporation
At number we have the weirdest and at the same time, the most well established fact about dreams which is known as dream incorporation. In simple words, it means that most of dreams our initiated by external stimuli that get into contact with any of our body parts. For example, if you feel thirsty during your sleep, then there are high chances that you would see a dream of drinking large amounts of water or juice or wine. This brain mechanism only gives mental satisfaction for a short time span after which the dream is initiated all over again. Another example was reported by a person who reported of hearing very loud cries of a woman in his dream. When he got up, he realized that it was only the sound of a bird. In our sleep, our sense organs remain functional and so they can respond to any stimulus that gets into contact with them. The message of this stimulus goes to the brain that modifies in any way.
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