Do Dreams Have Meaning Behind Them?


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Having at most 4 to 6 dreams per night, although most are quickly forgotten, may leave people wondering what their dream meant or why it occurred.  Some are even convinced their dream may have predicted the future or altered their life or depicted their past life.  Dreams actually have many meanings and lessons behind them.


Although no one knows for sure why dreams occur, dreams can actually indicate one’s anxieties, predicaments, and more.  The most common dreams include falling, being chased, dying, and test taking.  Dreams of falling may reveal anxieties or problems with a current situation like an unsteady relationship or being bullied by others.  Falling could symbolize the fall in a relationship or possibly the feeling of falling in sorrow.  Being chased may indicate averting problems like fears, the truth, and anything in relation to current issues.  Dreams that depict death usually mean a new beginning or starting over, not reincarnation.  Test taking can indicate many things but all in relation to one subject.  In this particular dream, test taking reveals low self esteem and being unprepared for a certain subject.  Dreams of test taking does not necessarily mean that a test will actually occur.


Some theories explain why dreams happen.  A theory called activation-synthesis theory explains, “dreams don’t actually mean anything: they are merely electrical brain impulses that pull random thoughts and imagery from our memories.” This theory suggests that electrical brain impulses send thoughts and imagery to the part of the brain that receives them, the lingual gyrus.  Another theory, called the reverse learning theory, said “we dream to get rid of undesirable connections and associations that build up in our brains throughout the day.”, meaning dreams occur to get rid of unneeded memories.  A theory based on evolution discloses that having nightmares is actually a training simulation. This theory states, “The biological function of dreaming is to simulate threatening events, and to rehearse threat perception and threat avoidance.” “People who have these kinds of dreams will be better able to face threats in their waking hours, because they’ve already run through these nighttime simulations.” “As a result, people who dream in this way will survive more often, to pass on their genes.” More complex dreams can be explained by dream interpreters.  Dreaming is a very important factor in life, even though the real reason why dreams occur is a mystery, dreams can teach crucial lessons that help change bad habits.