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Why do we dream? - Amy Adkins - YouTube

Why do we dream? - Amy Adkins - YouTube

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We dream to fulfill our wishes

Each dream, including nightmares contains images from our day-to-day life. Sigmund Freud states that each thing we dream has a symbolic meaning which lead to the fulfilment of our subconscious wishes.

Keeping that in mind, if we interpret our dreams, we can solve some subconscious problems...

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We dream to remember

To increase the performance on some certain tasks, sleep is good, but dreaming while sleeping is better.

In 2010, researchers found that subjects where up to 10 times better in getting through a complex 3D maze if they napped and dreamed about the maze prior to their second attempt. So...

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We dream to forget

During REM sleeping, the neocortex reviews the neural connections and dumbs the unnecessary ones.

Without this process, which results in dreams, the brain could be overrun by useless connections.

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We dream to keep our brains working

The Continual Activation Theory proposes that the dreams result from your brain's need to constantly consolidate the long-term memories.

So, when the external input drops bellow a certain level, the brain starts generating data from your memory, resulting into dreams. This...

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We dream to rehearse

Dreams involving dangerous situations are very common and the Primitive Instinct Rehearsal Theory holds that the content of a dream is significant to its purpose.

Whatever you are running from a lion or fighting with a ninja, these dreams help you practice your fight o...

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We dream to heal

  • Stress neurotransmitters in the brain are much less active during the REM stage of sleep even during dreams of traumatic experiences.
  • This made some scientists to think that one purpose of dreaming is to take the edge off painful experiences to allow for psychological healing.
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We dream to solve problems

Not being limited to the rules of conventional logic, the mind can create infinite scenarios to help you find solutions that you wouldn't think conscious.

This is how August Kekule discovered the structure benzene molecule. Also, this is might be why is better to take a decision after ...

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