Essay About Pain In Dreams

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Dreams can be seen as a trip into a fantasy, to relax, or even allow your unconscious to go through with fantasies that your conscious mind may not accept. Yet, sometimes dreams can be terrifying; they can leave you without any idea if what you are seeing is fantasy or reality. I remember, since childhood, of being told, ‘if you punch yourself and don’t feel pain then you’re sleeping’. But what if you pinch yourself and feel it; “...pain can be found in dreams and, thus, the saying that pitching with pain indicates that you are not dreaming is falsified,” (Schredl, 2011). The destroyed credibility of a common saying may surprise some; for those who have experienced pain in dreams, it is not worth gawking over such a fact. I am one of the people …show more content…
For someone who has felt pain in dreams, on multiple occasions, it is not a question that you think about it is just a fact of life, something that sometimes happens. Then when I thought about dreaming, the question presented itself to me for the first time, surprisingly when I think back. By looking at past research I will attempt to answer the question, “How is it possible for someone able to feel pain while dreaming and is there anything which raises the possibility of painful dreams?” I will look at the effect of pain occurring for outside the dream, first-person pain memories, and third-person pain memories, and if the chances of dream pain can be increased through any medical …show more content…
I believe that all the theories mentioned are correct, that they interact with each other causing a different reason between each pane dream that you may feel. If there is something which rubs against you in your sleep, causing slight discomfort or pain, then the physical sensation may then become incorporated. For example, if you have a cat you may have experienced a time when it jumped onto your bed and laid on you, if your sleep they physical sensation of weight on your legs the slight discomfort, especially if said cat is rather large, may be incorporated into your dreams as a boulder crushing you beneath it. In first-person pain memory the sensation of an injury hmay come back within a dream. For instance, when you were young you may have fallen into a fire pit and were burned, many years later, your injuries fully healed, you may have a dream of roasting alive in a house fire and feel the same sensations as when you were burned years ago. But then there are the unrealistic pain situations that may not of occurred to you, such as being blown up, executed, or eaten by rabid wolves. I also found a possible reason for my multiple pain dreams; although pain dreams are considered very rare, they occur to a considerable amount of people once in their lives (Zadra , 1998). The relationship between those who experience a

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