Do Dreams Mean Anything?

25 Feb

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Have you ever wondered why you keep having the same dream over and over again? Can it mean something? I’ve often heard people talking about their dreams, wondering about whether they mean something or not. Some people believe dreams can have some significant meaning while others believe they don’t have any particular meaning. People have been fascinated with the question, what do dreams mean for Centuries. Dreams often seem to make little sense — if we can recall them at all. Dreams can be weird, scary, terrifying,  funny, exciting, or even boring. Sometimes dreams can give a clue to what’s going on in our life, but sometimes it’s simply based on the movie that we watched the night before. In ancient times the Greeks and the Romans believed in the importance of dreams to give information about past, present and future events. According to  the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, the majority of people in United States believe that their dreams reveal meaningful hidden truths.

There are still no simple answers to the questions what do dreams mean? The meaning of dreams is still a mystery even though researchers have put together various theories and many books been written about the subject.

At the Queensland University of Technology, in Australia, team of psychologists have  done a researchers on dreams. Their findings were that dreams can be significant but do not hold the answers to life’s problems. Most dreams were a continuation of waking thought but served no real purpose in solving everyday difficulties. This might suggest that in our dreams we continue thinking about problems that we experience during waking hours. Our dreams may therefore be an indication of unresolved issues in our lives.

Generally researchers agree that working with dreams can give important  understanding into anxieties and feelings on personal issues and therefore help the individual to understand and deal with those issues. So the answer to the question Do dreams mean anything? is that it’s very personal for each and everyone what their dreams means to them. It can be helpful for parents to understand their child’s feelings, anxiety or dilemma because often the things we worry about comes to us while we’re sleeping. Specially if the same dream comes night after night. Of course we have to keep in mind that most dreams do not have any particular meaning.

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2 Responses to “Do Dreams Mean Anything?”

  1. Laurie-Ann Simpson February 26, 2013 at 12:22 pm #

    Great article. Thank you for sharing.

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