What do dreams represent?

August 5, 2007 12:20pm CST
So, care to share your views on what influences dreaming, i.e., is it influenced mainly by biological (chemical imbalance in the brain), social (interactions with other people/objects influencing the dream content), something else or a combination? Also, what do dreams actually represent? The future, or simply random images? And how/why does lucid dreaming (Realising you are dreaming and then manipulating the deam to become whatever you want) occur?
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@ninsensei (232)
5 Aug 07
Lucid dreaming certainly occurs, you can increase the likelihood of it by having something wake you up in the middle of a REM phase every night for a few weeks, and then stop. Used to get that quite a lot whilst living with an ex who left for work at 4:30 am. As to what dreaming actually is, I'm of the "Random scattering of images and concepts bubbling up from the sub-conscious" view.
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@sukumar794 (5047)
• Thiruvananthapuram, India
5 Aug 07
I would not interpret dreams as a true representation of what is going to happen . I have tried much in decoding dreams but with little success. Are'nt dreams just aberrations to be ignored ?
@derek_a (10897)
6 Aug 07
I ran a dream workshop for many years and one of the most interesting things in that workshop was that each element of a dream proved to represent an element of the personality of the person that dreamt it. So and angry, vicious dog in a dream, nearly always represented the repressed anger of the dreamer who had some issues to resolve. I think though that dreams may be multi-functional. The mind knows more than we can consciously fathom out and prophetic dreams have for a long time been established as true. It is a most fascinating study and my workshop was very popular.
@CEN7777 (858)
• India
22 Aug 07
hi soulsister,in my view dreams are traces of what has happened in recent past and how do wish that to be. In other words these are just the thoughts which keep on coming in mind time to time. But mostly it is difficult to manupulate dreams as u cannot remember them completely, what u retain in mind is just some part of it. I personaly believe that dreams cannot reresent future.
• Switzerland
23 Aug 07
Thank you for your response. So, if your dreams consist of your past, does it mean that you can see in your dreams what could have happened if that which you wanted pushed through? I agree, I really exert effort just to remember some bits of my dream. About the manipulation of dreams, my brother claims he can manipulate his dreams! But I think such condition is very rare.
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@Lydia1901 (16353)
• United States
22 Aug 07
I have heard that dreams are about things that you think of all the time or events that happen around you or will happen in the future. It is just weird like that in my opinion.