WHAT ARE DREAMS???
Dreams are series of sounds,images, feelings,ideas, and emotions that show up while we sleep in the REM stage. But what do they mean .No one really knows for sure. There are many theories ranging from the idea that dreams are random or they are bits of imagination, desires, experiences put together in your mind as dream imagery and there have been theories about dreams being mirrors of your deep unconscious. It’s up to you what to believe. Here are some theories that have been studied by some of dreams most famous philosophers and scientists.
People have been recording their dreams dating all the way back to the Sumerians in 3100 B.C :yes: . King Gilgamesh told his mother, Ninsun, about some of his reoccurring dreams and Ninsun made the first dream interpretation. Ancient Hebrews believed dreams were messages from god himself :bow: . The biblical figures Solomon, Jacob, Nebuchadnezzar and Joseph were all visited in their dreams by God or prophets, who helped guide their decisions. The Talmud, which was written between 0 and 500 A.D, states that "dreams which are not understood are like letters which are not opened." The greeks also believed that Gods gave messages through dreams. The Chinese thought that your spiritual body ,or hun, would leave and wander to the land of the dead :astral: . Cultures such as Chinese and Egyptians went to incubate in Dream Temples in which some judges and government officials were required to go for insight and wisdom. So as you can see, dreams were taken very seriously long ago.
Hippocrates (469-399 BC), the father of medicine and Socrates’ contemporary, wrote that “during the day, the soul receives images; during the night, it produces images. Therefore, we dream.” That sounds logical.
Aristotle (384-322 BC) thought that dreams could be indicators of conditions within the body, such as illnesses that we weren’t aware of yet. Artemidorus wrote “as the best source we have for the dream interpretation practices of antiquity." His theory is extensive, but within the five books he wrote, he describes two classes of dreams: somnium, which forecasts the future; and insomnium, which deal with contemporary matters and are affected by the state of the body and mind. He stated that the dream interpreter should have information about the dreamer including:
1.images that are natural, lawful and customary for the dreamer;2. circumstances at the time of the dream;3.dreamers occupation and personality.
Sigmund Freud was an Austrian neurologist and psychiatrist that believed that dreams are just wish fulfillment :cloud9: and repressed feelings .He also heavily thought that dreams were sexual desires/frustrations(when i look in dream dictionaries, i see that a ton of things may reference sexual topics :uh: ) Freud was famous for his book The Interpretation of Dreams which impacted dream studies greatly.
Freud listed four transformations applied to wishes in order to avoid censorship:
Condensation — one dream object stands for several thoughts.
Displacement — a dream object’s psychical importance is assigned to an object that does not raise the censor’s suspicions.
Representation — a thought is translated to visual images.
Symbolism — a symbol replaces an action, person, or idea.
A man named Carl Jung agreed with the basics of Freud’s theories but Jung thought dreams were more complex than that. Jung thought that dreams were a reflection of the whole unconscious and mostly are made up of repressed feelings. The two had mailed letters to each other and arranged to meet. But they called it off due to differences in their beliefs of dreams. As you can see, people on this earth have been studying dreams for thousands of years!! :eek: ! The true meaning of dreams is a question asked long ago and is still being asked today.
What’s their purpose?
That also has been debated. Yet we don’t know ! The theories include:
- Dreams are meant to keep our mind busy while we sleep so we don’t wake up(FREUD)
2.Dreams are used so we can be visited by gods.(CHINESE)
3.Dreams may compensate for one-sided attitudes held in waking consciousness(JUNG)
4.Dreams may communicate things that are not being said outright(Ferenczi)
5.Dreams may be the clean-up of unneeded and unwanted memories and other “junk”.
The purpose and causes of dreams remain unknown. Many people have their own ideas, but we still don’t know for sure. Well, that’s what they think. What really matters is what YOU think. Thanks for reading. . See ya…
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