Essay on An Attempt At Understanding Dreams

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An Attempt At Understanding Dreams

A few months ago I watched a movie called “The Candyman”. It was a horror movie about this psychotic woman who massacres people around her but has no idea what she's doing. An imaginary creature called “The Candyman” is appearing to her and talking to her, and she actually thinks that he's the one who is doing the murdering. Anyway, it was a scary movie and I had a bit of fun freaking out my mother that night by telling her that “The Candyman” will appear to her in her dreams (although I didn't think about the consequences if he really appeared to her and she killed all of us while we were sleeping!).
Fortunately for my mother (and the rest of us), she didn't dream about him that
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I decided to try to answer at least some of these nagging questions. The problems with dreams, however, is that they are so diverse in nature; I can spend the rest of my life interviewing people and listening to their dreams and I still might not have something concrete. But nevertheless, it's worth a shot. When I told my friend Mahmoud about the paper I'm writing, he immediately elected his fiancee Safinaz as an interview candidate, because she often has these bizarre dreams and nightmares. So I headed for my first victim.
Safinaz told me that she recently had this dream that she was a young girl and that she saw another girl eating a watermelon, so she asked her to give her a piece but the other girl refused. Safy kept crying until her grandmother went down and bought her this huge watermelon that weighed 50 kg, and Safy cut it in two pieces and started eating it. Now this seems like a fairly normal dream except for one thing: Safy's grandmother died when she was 4 years old, and the event about the watermelon actually happened in real life with almost the same details before her grandmother died, but Safy had no recollection of it. She only became aware of it after she told her mother about the dream and her mother told her that this incident actually happened about 18 years ago. I think that this dream clearly shows that some information is buried deep in the brain and we have no access to it, until it

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