What are some dreams that you had

It happened again last night: you spread your arms and flew high through the air, just because you can. You fought again against the creepy slime monster that lurks under the desk at your workplace - and bravely chased it away, at least until we meet again. Or you had a sparkling date with your secret crush, who simply knows everything about you, even though they haven't actually met you yet. Yes - everything is possible in a dream! The laws of nature, physics and logic often have no right to exist in the world of dreams. Why actually? For what reason do we dream - and do our dreams have a meaning?

The meaning of dreaming

In any case, one thing is clear: everyone who sleeps also dreams. However, it is not yet clear what the exact meaning and purpose of dreaming actually is. With the help of the most modern technological means, neurologists and brain researchers work tirelessly on the concrete answer to this question and are able to provide us with theories about the function of dreaming:

There are scientists who suspect that our brain (which, by the way, never sleeps) mixes and stores new information with already existing experiences while dreaming. In this way, in a dream, we solidify everything that we have learned in the course of the day. Still other researchers suspect that in dreams we train practical skills that we need later in life. This assumption would be supported by the sleep of infants and young children: This is characterized by a particularly large number of REM stages in which we dream most vividly. Another thesis says that we simulate "dangerous" situations in the dream in order to be better prepared for them in the waking state. From an evolutionary point of view, this thesis would be appropriate: While our ancestors fought with saber-toothed tigers in a dream, in the 21st century we imagine z. B. dicey situations at work to increase our chances of survival.

Ultimately, however, there is still the assumption that dreams are only coincidental or “waste products” of the synapses in our brain and have no meaning. But as in real life, the truth is probably also in the middle in a dream and the meaning of dreaming is a mixture of all four research theories.

Every night is full of dreams

Today, scientists involved in dream research assume that we dream every night - all night long, in each of the five phases of sleep. We go through these sleep stages - falling asleep, light sleep, deep sleep, REM sleep, light sleep - about four to seven times per night. In the REM phase, our sleep is no longer that deep. However, our brain is most active in this sleep stage, which can be seen in the rapid movements of our eyes under the lids, the R.apid-E.ye-M.ovement, noticeable. Otherwise, our muscles are completely relaxed and almost motionless, for a simple reason: Because we not only dream the longest, but also the most intensely, our brain preventively blocks movement impulses so that we do not actually carry out the dreamed activities and injure ourselves in the process. Since we can wake up from sleep more easily in the REM phase, our memory of dreams is also strongest in this phase.

Thanks to “technological dream catchers” such as electrodes or magnetic resonance imaging scanners, neurologists have also been able to find out that when dreaming, it is above all areas of the brain that “fire” that are responsible for our emotions and visual impressions. Such as the amygdala, which - to put it very simply - ensures that we can react appropriately to danger, anger or joy. It is much more active when dreaming than when awake, while areas of the brain for higher thinking performances such as planning or orientation are barely noticeable. Our dreams are almost completely controlled by emotions, which could explain why they are so bizarre in the vast majority of cases.

The meaning of dreams

Brigitte Holzinger, psychologist at the Institute for Consciousness and Dream Research in Vienna, puts it this way: “Dreams are feelings in moving images”. Countless dream lexicons, comprising several volumes, prove in black and white that we have always tried to decipher the message behind these dream images. While Sigmund Freud was still of the opinion that a dream is an expression of unconscious wishes and an encrypted message from our subconscious, modern psychology now knows better:

In dreams we experience - very subjectively and undisturbed by the many stimuli and impressions that occupy and distract us in the waking state - which experiences, situations and worries really concern us. For example, if you then not only ask yourself why you keep dreaming of the same situation, but also try to find out how you would deal with the "dream situation" in real life, you can learn to solve problems better, to alleviate fears or the frequency of sleep-robbing ones Reduce nightmares. In particular, lucid dreams, in which people can consciously direct their dreams, can be learned and can give threatening nightmare scenes a good ending.

A dream is as individual as the dreaming

Renowned dream researchers distinguish various basic patterns from dreams that each of us has surely experienced one or more times in REM sleep: the dream of being chased, of falling uncontrollably or of the upcoming test. Also, one or the other of us was undressed in a completely unsuitable dream situation or simply couldn't find the urgently needed toilet. The paralyzing feeling of being late is also one of the classic basic patterns of human dreaming.

However, these dream patterns cannot be interpreted in general terms. Every dream is as individual as its dreamer. The meaning of a dream is directly dependent on the living conditions of the individual. For example, if the basic pattern of the dream of being late says that we are afraid of not being able to cope with all of our tasks, these tasks themselves differ from person to person.

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