Posts tagged ‘Dreams’
When we sleep, it would appear the rational part of our brain also takes a nap. In a dream, it is not strange for you to meet your mother with her face upside down. It’s completely normal to go to work and see your colleagues with green skin and scales, and of course, taking a brisk stroll in the park with a pet jaguar that’s blue rarely draws any attention. I’m pretty certain that in waking life, all of these things would at least make you look twice – if not, then you’d probably think you’re dreaming, right?
Strangely enough, when you’re asleep and roaming the land of nod, the most weird and random of events don’t even phase your mind. You continue dreaming and accepting the occurrence of such happenings without question. Well, that’s not always the case.
So we’ve explored, debatably, the most ‘out there’ theory regarding dreams. The main problem with Freud’s theory is that there is little evidence to support his ideas. It is very difficult to study dreams because there is no way to measure them; a researcher cannot watch a person’s dream and then compare it to their unconscious desires. Why? Well the mind is merely a concept, and therefore cannot be ‘accessed’ as such. Therefore, as mentioned, there is little support for his theory. On the bright side, at least for Freud, this means his theory cannot be discounted, as there is no proof against the theory either.
So what other theories are there? I am going to describe four more theories: the re-organisational theory, the activation synthesis model and theories put forward by Carl Jung, Fredrick Perls and Alfred Adler. So let’s take a look at the theories.
In an earlier post about sleep, I promised this post would not be far behind. From the moment we enter REM, we are launched into a world of the unimaginable. We can dream of practically anything, and nothing is impossible. You can go on that dream date with Mr./Mrs. Right, or climb the career ladder of your choice. Dreams are often much more obscure, and you find yourself mugging someone’s Grandma whilst your front teeth are falling out. We sometimes have dreams so vivid, we struggle to distinguish between reality and fantasy. A few unfortunate beings find themselves unable to control their own movements during sleep due to dreaming – these people are known as sleepwalkers. So what is the advantage of our fictional adventures during sleep? It would seem logical that they must occur as a result of something, otherwise they would be pointless. Of course, this is not the case. This post explores one theory of sleep, and provides examples of interpretations of common dreams.
Welcome to Psycho Hawks.
This blog does not concern the mental well-being of an avian variety.
I do not discuss birds at all, if I’m perfectly honest (and if I do, it’ll be in Comparative Psychology).
I’m sure you’ve guessed, this blog is an insight into the most fascinating subject going: Psychology.
I will try to keep the information as interesting as possible, as I’m aiming for this to be used more as a “good read” than an academic source for people also studying the subject. However, the information here will always be factual – and if not, I will make sure you know the source or evidence is unreliable.
All in all, I believe this blog will benefit students after more information; newbies to Psychology who want a little taster in the world of Psychology; and maybe even people very experienced in the field.
Why am I blogging about this?
I have a massive fascination for Psychology. I am a BSc Psychology student at Staffordshire University, UK. I’ve got an A2 level in Psychology also, and have always loved the subject. The subject matter is so broad, you could spend a lifetime finding everything out. There must have been a time you looked at something and gone “no way!”; for example, did you know that blind people dream as well? Or that you will never dream of something you don’t know about? That random person you kissed in your dream? That’ll be someone that you saw in the high-street, but didn’t even register consciously. You perceived them, stored the image of their face, and recalled that face in a dream. Weird, huh?
To conclude, I hope this offers whatever you’re looking for.
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