Dreams have always been a mystery since the beginning of time.  Though out time there has been many guesses behind the reasons for dreaming.  Some say that our dreams are messages from our unconscious mind to our conscious. The messages are able to guide us and lead us in the right path. Others believe that a dream is just a dream with no real significance behind it.

Many have gone as far to think that our dreams are prophetic that are set from higher powers.  As far as dreams and dreaming goes your guess is good as the next person.  Dream interpretation and symbolism is a popular subject, and some dreams seem to permeate our society. Whatever they are, dreams are still a mystery to scientists. What is their purpose, if they have one? Why do we dream at all?

Scientists are just beginning to learn about the function of sleep, and dreaming. Some researchers suggest that dreams serve no real purpose, while other believe that dreaming is essential to mental, emotional and physical well-being. Ernest Hoffman, director of the Sleep Disorders Center at Newton Wellesley Hospital in Boston, Mass., suggests that “a possible (though certainly not proven) function of a dream to be weaving new material into the memory system in a way that both reduces emotional arousal and is adaptive in helping us cope with further trauma or stressful events.”

Why Do We Dream?

Psychoanalytic: There are several popular theories surrounding why we dream: psychoanalytic and activation-synthesis are the most popular.Consistent with the psychoanalytic perspective, Sigmund Freud’s theory of dreams suggested that dreams were a representation of unconscious desires, thoughts and motivations. According to Freud’s psychoanalytic view of personality, people are driven by aggressive and sexual instincts that are repressed from conscious awareness.

While these thoughts are not consciously expressed, Freud suggested that they find their way into our awareness via dreams. Freud wrote that dreams are “disguised fulfillment’s of repressed wishes.” He also described two different components of dreams: manifest content and latent content. Manifest content is the actual images, thoughts and content contained within the dream, while the latent content is the hidden psychological meaning of the dream.

Activation-Synthesis: According to this theory, circuits in the brain become activated during REM sleep, the brain synthesizes and interprets this internal activity and attempts to find meaning in these signals, which results in dreaming. Basically, the brain will interpret the meaningless signals and imposes a story on top of them — resulting in the fragmented and nonsensical nature of some dreams.

This model suggests that dreams are a subjective interpretation of signal generated by the brain during sleep. This does not mean that dreams are meaningless; in fact, a by-product of this process may be the development of new and unique ideas. The idea of dreams contributing to new ideas has merit, as there have been several notable dreams that contributed to inventions:

Frankenstein Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein was inspired by a dream: “I saw the pale student of unhallowed arts kneeling beside the thing he had put together. I saw the hideous phantasm of a man stretched out, and then, on the working of some powerful engine, show signs of life, and stir with an uneasy, half-vital motion. Frightful must it be; for supremely frightful would be the effect of any human endeavor to mock the stupendous Creator of the world.”

The sewing machine Elias Howe invented the sewing machine in 1845. He had the idea of a machine with a needle which would go through a piece of cloth but he couldn’t figure out exactly how it would work. In his dream cannibals were preparing to cook him and they were dancing around the fire waving their spears.

Howe noticed at the head of each spear there was a small hole through the shaft and the up and down motion of the spears and the hole remained with him when he woke. The idea of passing the thread through the needle close to the point was a major innovation in making mechanical sewing possible.

Benzene The scientist Friedrich August  discovered the seemingly impossible chemical structure of benzene (C6H6) when he had a dream of a group of snakes swallowing their tails.

Yesterday Paul McCartney claims to have composed the melody for the Beatles’ song “Yesterday” in a dream; the song has since become the most recorded song in the history of popular music.

Dream Interpretation

Dream interpretation has been a popular practice in spirituality for millennia. It was practiced through most of the world, and most religions have some semblance of dream interpretation.

Dream interpretation was taken up as part of psychoanalysis at the end of the 19th century; the perceived, manifest content of a dream is analyzed to reveal its latent meaning to the psyche of the dreamer.

One of the seminal works on the subject is The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud.  At Dream Dictionary we can analyze all of your dreams and dreams symbols.

Here at dreamdictioanry.org we offer thousands of translated dream words to help you tune into your unconscious. Opening the mysterious door will lead you into a world of truth, fantasy and a connection to ‘the self’.

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16 days ago

I dreamed my life partner was walking crooked towards me.

3 months ago

First I’ll say I normally only have two types of dreams: one normally happens down the road in tell life and the other are normally strange but also normally signs. I’ve never had any dreams of rats before except for last night. I’m sitting in my house then all of a sudden my daughter who is 6. Starts screaming “there’s a rat” I run and chase it and catch it with my hands. I think I go to throw it outside but I’m not sure.

4 months ago

Today I had a three-sided dream in one sleep I was at an extremely nice academic center where I was on the top floor and there were two doors with the name “Dave” on them and I only peeked inside one door in which I saw a 30+ guy talking and then I transitioned to my next dream In, the “second” dream I was a drug dealer in a magical school where the 7 proctors who could do real magic were searching for the perpetrator and one of them dressed in blue and was very empathetic, the other dressed in… Read more »

5 months ago

I read that dreams with snakes represent the hidden parts in our life. Our subconsious mind associates snakes with fear and hidden things.So when we have hidden fears in our waking life these can present themselves in dreams with snakes.

6 months ago

Today is July 21st, 2022. I had a dream of a two-headed white snake. when I got up it was sharp 5 am. I saw a two-headed white snake, huge like a python, and making a circle. It was in my bedroom just in front of the door. My mother was near to it. So, I pulled my mother out of the room thinking it might bite her. It has a blunt tail like its body. and its tail was a few inches folded inside. Then I took a big glass bottle of Olive oil and smashed its one head.… Read more »

6 months ago

I had a dream that a big black snake was across me while i was sleeping then i wanted to strangle it but all of a sudden my brother came to me and stopped me and he said the snake was not harming me or showed any sign of wanting to fight me and i let it go what could this dream mean