The Secret History Of Dreaming

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Dreams, I myself was never really interested in my own dreams until one night not too long ago I woke up with that unmistakable anxious feeling that one has after experiencing an unpleasant dream. It made me realize that I don’t talk about my dreams the good or the bad to anyone. Neither do most other people. That is because we as sophisticated adults tend to act as if bad dreams or any dreams at all are reserved for small children. Almost as if dreams were an unspoken taboo. However, dreams are now and always have been more important to us than most people either know or would like to admit, because, and I believe that Edgar Allan Poe said it the best, “All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.”
After heading down to the library
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In this book Australian “dream teacher”, Robert Moss, described what the difference is on how people see dreams, that “in modern Western societies, we think of dreams as sleep experiences. But for many other cultures, dreaming is fundamentally about waking up” (xii). Waking up. That certainly wasn’t the outlook on dreams that I was taught as a child, I mused. So I decided to Dig a little deeper I learned that dreams have been seen for many thousands of years as they way that the gods or divines have spoken to humanity (11). The thought that dreams serve(d) as a connection to omnipotent beings certainly isn’t a new one and would explain why people have always had a fascination with dreams. It would have been reassuring thinking that some higher power was in control of your thoughts at night, which made me wonder. What about dreams that we can …show more content…
When I started researching I suspected that many times nightmares where going to be grouped in with the dreams, but I found it quite shocking that nightmares do not get more space in books or articles as other types of dreams. Any books on nightmares that I did find just had descriptions of common nightmares, such as being naked in public or being chased. Nightmares are the opposite of what most people want to talk about, but there is something about them that draws people to them as well as repulses them. When it comes to nightmares images of primeval creatures and thoughts creep in from the edge of one’s consciousness. They may seem random but there are several possible causes of nightmares including: drugs or a traumatic event (Bearden 11). These experiences are upsetting but normal to have them from time to time, but too many nightmares can be a bad sign. In an article I read there was a quote from a medical book stating that: “a young man or woman—particularly a college student—who reports an increasing frequency of nightmares associated with some insomnia over a period of a few weeks is often someone who is heading toward a schizophreniform or other psychotic episode” (Kryger, H. Meir et al. qtd in Bearden 5). Nightmares can be a warning sign that something is wrong physically not just

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