Essay on Karen Horney

1232 Words Apr 23rd, 2013 5 Pages
Jolene Patch
PSY 134
April 15, 2013
C. Nelson

Most dreams contain messages that serve to teach us something about ourselves. Unfortunately, many a times we forget what we dream about. We go about our daily lives and routines without thinking about a dream we may have had that night. With recurring dreams, the message may be so important and /or powerful that it just will not go away. The frequent repetition of such dreams forces you to pay attention and confront the dream. The dream is trying to tell you something. Such dreams are often nightmarish or frightening in their content, which also helps you to take note and pay attention to them. Recurring dreams are quite common and are often triggered by a certain life experience
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Also, they do not reach the normal consciousness. On the contrary, the NREM dreams seldom occur. The content of dreams is related to our nervous system. It has been found that the activity in the pons, limbic system, parietal cortex and temporal cortex increased during the REM sleep, while the activity in the primary visual cortex, the motor cortex, and the prefrontal cortex decreased. The increase in the activity in the pons during REM sleep activates areas in the brain that are important for emotions and motivation. Thus, most REM dreams have strong emotional content. The brain gets little information from the sense organ during sleep. The visual and auditory areas have lower than usual activity. The rest of the brain areas then are free to generate images without constraints or interference.
I would first try to give her a simple explanation of the sleep cycles. Each cycle lasts approximately 90 minutes and starts with non-REM (NREM) sleep. As we descend through NREM stages 1 to 4 and then ascend through them to rapid eye movement (REM) sleep. The average adult repeats this cycle approximately four to six times each night. The REM stage is the one in which dreams occur. Dreams can be thought of as the windows into the inner self workings of the memory systems because they reflect the fragment images of the events that happened that day or the knowledge we learned in the day time. It is clear that adequate daily sleep is necessary for

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