Now I know , Inception left you more confused than the time you saw your father in a Santa Claus costume,But the fascination for dreams has existed long before our ancestors were still pooping in diapers made of leaves.
It’s a sense of mystery that makes the subject of dreams so interesting.
But it’s in recent times that dreams have be subjected to concentrated scientific studies
We all have obviously seen a dream and perhaps watch new ones everyday .
If you are Normal and of my age you have probably had that dream where you and Emma Watson or RDJ were on that beach in hawaii sipping on mojitos and running towards each other in slow motion or something along those lines..
All right, now lets get back to the topic at hand.
All of us may have often found ourselves puzzling about the contents of our dreams or why do we dream in the 1st place.
Why all the fuss of enacting adventures in our mind when we are sleeping?
So here am I to take you to the world of fantasies.
You’re still blushing?I know this is hard for the both of us , but we need to get real.. it was just a dream.
So here take this blue pill and follow me to the world of dreams
So we start from the 1st very basic question. Why in the world do we dream?
Well , we dream because that is the only place where we are liked
Just kidding , chillax
We got a lot of theories going around about the reason of our dreams.
One of those says that dream are just random signals sent by our body during the sleep that are brains tries to make sense of .
Our brain considers itself a genius and tries to analyse every signal.
When it doesn’t manage to come to a solid conclusion it plays whatever it has deduced .
So in simple words brain is a woman
This theory says that dreams are just random shit.
One theory suggests that dreams are the result of our brains trying to interpret external stimuli during sleep. For example, the sound of the radio may be incorporated into the content of a dream .
Another theory uses a computer metaphor to account for dreams. According to this theory, dreams serve to ‘clean up’ clutter from the mind, much like clean-up operations in a computer, refreshing the mind to prepare for the next day.
Yet another model proposes that dreams function as a form of psychotherapy. In this theory, the dreamer is able to make connections between different thoughts and emotions in a safe environment.
But the theory we would be concentrating was given by the great Dr. Sigmund Freud in the 20th century .
He said that dreams are the way of expressing ones inner desires ,thoughts and motives. each dream was a coded message sent by your subconscious to your conscious. And he thought it our job to crack them and realize the needs of our subconscious.
(NOTE TO DR. FREUD: I can hardly remember them , decoding them is a hefty task for my tiny brains )
Ok so where was I? Dreams ..right.
So after a lot of detailed study Sigmund freud gave descriptions and meanings of dreams in his book interpretation of dreams. His explanations and reasoning were astounding and did raise a few eyebrows .
BUT before we go ahead with the theory in deep we need to know about the key terminologies in psychoanalysis.
Case Study – An in-depth study of one person. Much of Freud’s work and theories were developed through individual case studies. In a case study, nearly every aspect of the subject’s life and history is analyzed to seek patterns and causes for behavior. The hope is that learning gained from studying one case can be generalized to many others. That is kinda like saying that you became a serial killer because you weren’t given ice-cream when you were a kid. And it could be true.
Conscious – In Freud’s psychoanalytic theory of personality, the conscious mind includes everything that is inside of our awareness. This is the aspect of our mental processing that we can think and talk about in a rational way.
Defense Mechanism – A tactic developed by the ego to protect against anxiety. Defense mechanisms are thought to safeguard the mind against feelings and thoughts that are too difficult for the conscious mind to cope with. In some instances, defense mechanisms are thought to keep inappropriate or unwanted thoughts and impulses from entering the conscious mind.
Id – The personality component made up of unconscious psychic energy that works to satisfy basic urges, needs and desires. In simple words , this is the caveman inside you. It says “Arghhh…FOOD!SEX!ICE-CREAM!SLEEP! “
Superego – The component of personality composed of our internalized ideals that we have acquired from our parents and from society. The superego works to suppress the urges of the id and tries to make the ego behave morally rather than realistically. In simple words , this is the girlfriend part of yours. It says ” Don’t pick your nose “, “Don’t eat that “. “Don’t strach that”, “Don’t go to ikea in your underwear and climb under the sheets”
Ego – The ego is the part of personality that mediates the demands of the id, the superego and reality. The ego prevents us from acting on our basic urges (created by the id), but also works to achieve a balance with our moral and idealistic standards (created by the superego).The balance between the two.
Unconscious – A reservoir of feelings, thoughts, urges and memories that outside of our conscious awareness. Most of the contents of the unconscious are unacceptable or unpleasant, such as feelings of pain, anxiety or conflict. According to Freud, the unconscious continues to influence our behavior and experiences even though we are unaware of these underlying influences.
This part was just an introduction and In the next part we would be digging into the the theory of Sigmund freud. Till then good bye dream well!