Emotional Wellbeing TED-Ed Series | Why Do We Dream?

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To sleep. perchance to dream’ . In Shakespeare’s quotation sleep represents death. But dreaming is an integral part of healthy brain functioning. There is no definitive, agreed theory of why we dream. In this TED-Ed Talk, Adkins outlines several theories about dreaming…

Sigmund Freud believed that everything we dream is derived from our daily lives. What we remember is a symbolic representation of our unconscious primitive thoughts, urges and desires.

Freud believed analysis of dreams will assist the treatment of psychological issues found within them.

We dream to remember: Sleep helps us to remember, but dreaming helps even more.

We dream to forget: when we sleep the brain goes into reverse and deletes all unnecessary information to prevent our brains overloading with it. When we are awake normal brains will work, free of clutter.

We dream to keep our brains working: it is thought that dreams result from the constant need to consolidate and create long term memories in order for the brain to function properly.

We dream to rehearse: dreaming allows us to practice our fight or flight instincts.

We dream to heal: stress reduces when we sleep and the edge is taken off painful experiences. Sufferers of PTSD do not sleep well, so the healing process cannot take place effectively.

We dream to resolve problems: dreaming may help to provide solutions we would not think of whilst awake.

Sweet dreams. But if they are not and you are suffering other psychological problems you may need some help.


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