That everyone dreams is not as preposterous of an idea as would otherwise be expected had another subject— such as why do people scream— be considered. A suppler consideration would be an examination into the reasons behind dreaming. Why do people dream? This article delves into this question.
Dreaming is actually the stories that our minds create and tell— often in fast changing scenes— while we are sleeping. These stories appear real except when you wake up. The stories may be eventful, boring or outright horrible. The stories may also be inspiring, insightful or even simply ridiculous! An intriguing question is why our minds tell us all those stories. Why would anyone dream traversing the world in a state-of-the-art jet and wake up in their usual savage-like state of living in some typical slum, say, like in the expansive South African Slums or the world-renowned Nairobi Slums?
From a medical point of view, it is interesting to examine the relevance of dreams in the life of individuals. There are a number of explanations— notwithstanding the possible doubts associated with each— for the occurrence of dreams. These offer logical grounds on which the concept of dreaming derives its validity, medically speaking.
To begin with, some medical studies have found a rather unusual correlation between the contents and characters of dreams and the deep-seated desires and wishes of individuals. A person is likely to dream about their fantasies. In this line of reasoning, a dream is a mere offline processing what occupies one’s memory most.
Secondly, medical assertions point to the idea that we dream because the dreams are a mere combined effort to interpret the random signals of the mind and the body. These signals may have, in fact, been gathered during the day. The interpretation and processing is actualized through a series of pictures. These pictures tell the story of the mind and the body.
On the other hand, some medical hypotheses have been constructed alongside arguments that dreaming is necessary because it incorporates past and present experiences as a basis for how, possibly, the future will unfold. Using the past and present experiences presents an opportunity for the powerful human mind to construct possible future realities.
Psychologically, dreams have been posited to represent the unseen imaginative and creative landscape of a person’s mind. A dream is what an assortment of drawing tools are to the architect. This justifies the incidences in which artists have attributed their compositions of, for example music, to dreams.
Further, dreaming has been speculated to be a cognitive replication of real life experiences. These experiences— often a maze of difficult, surreal and unsettling experiences, emotions and feelings — trigger some natural reaction that is achieved through dreaming as a way of achieving stability and equilibrium.
Secondly, some psychologists have posited that dreaming is a reflection of the self- preparation process of the mind and the body for purposes o f anticipated and conceivable threats and risks. For instance, when faced with the threat of an auction for failed financial obligations, a person is likely to get preoccupied all day with those thoughts. When an opportunity of sleep occurs, the body and mind is likely to have come up with some possible defense options in preparation for the unknown future.
As is the case with the medical supposition, some psychological renderings have been to the effect that dreaming comes about from some form of consciousness. This consciousness unites the past and present realities as the baseline preparation for the future— typified by dreams. Undesirable experiences of the past and present, for example, may lead to nightmares. Nightmares, accordingly, trigger reactions such as suicidal tendencies, among others.
In conclusion, there is little common ground in trying to find a universally acceptable explanation to the strange phenomena, dreaming. It is, however, by no means a rebuttal to the fact that people dream. Why they dream remains mysteriously laced with theoretical undertones and may remain a subject of contention for the foreseeable future. Agreeably, however, dreaming can be explained— and logically so— in diverse ways.
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