Have you ever woken up confused and in a rush from a baffling dream that you just cannot get out of your head? Well, you are not alone. Dreaming is a mysterious natural reflex of our unconscious mind. And while nobody really knows why we dream or interpret what our dreams mean accurately, the dreams we have follow a standard pattern which when studied can reveal the dreamer’s psychological profile. There has been huge debate in the past whether dreams have actual meaning or if it is a trick played by our brain. While some believe it is our mind tricking us, other experts view dreams as our subconscious communicating with us.
While experts are unsure whether dreaming incorporates an actual meaning or not, the matter of interpreting dreams has gained huge popularity. It wasn’t until the late 1900s that people started acknowledging that dreams may have something to do with our psyche and conscious actions. Since then, a number of studies and books have been published highlighting the topic. One such book called “The Dream Game” by Ann Friday, breaks down dreaming patterns and provides insights to readers on how to interpret their dreams.
According to research conducted by Carey Morewedge and Michael Norton, dreamers tend to remember details about their dreams that best satisfy their biases. Meaning, you are more prone to remembering a dream that either involves someone you dislike or someone you like. Similarly, in their research, they found that most individuals they studied believed that dreams were nothing but a simulated product of the conscious actions and happenings around them, having no real meaning or value. At night, our logical and critical zones in the brain are suppressed by the emotions and thoughts collected over the daytime. Our brain processes these emotions from our subconscious and develops a random simulation. Whether dreams are pure imagination or an expression of unfilled urges as mentioned by Sigmund Freud, the study found that dreamers are nonetheless heavily influenced by their dreams even though these dreams do not serve a concrete purpose. People are prone to believing their dreams and acting on them. For example, if you dreamt of being very successful one day, chances are your mind will accept it as a reality and build a mental atmosphere so as to encourage you to accomplish that. Similarly, having a sad dream may result in a bad mood in the morning and ultimately the whole day is ruined.
Whether dreams have a meaning or not, we will never find out. It is one of those things that is dominated by personal beliefs and understanding but it is fair to say that by interpreting dreams, we can understand a person’s mental and psychological state.