In all historical periods, right up to the present, dream interpretation industries have flourished to satisfy our natural longing to understand the mysterious 'messages' that dreams seem to carry. Even today the influence of the idiosyncratic confabulations and fantasies of Freud and Jung permeate our culture and illustrate the continuing virulence of the fanciful dream interpretation industry.
But now, with the expectation fulfillment theory of dreams, we have a viable, scientifically based theory of why we evolved to dream and what dreams are actually doing for us, the situation may quickly become more healthy in this regard.
So, dreaming is the deepest trance state we go into and the three essential points to understand about the expectation fulfilment theory of dreaming are:
1. Dreams are metaphorical translations of waking expectations;This is the briefest of introductions to a theory of dreaming that has wide implications for mental health, our understanding of REM sleep and depression.
2. But it is only expectations whose resulting emotional arousal has not been acted upon during the day that become dreams during sleep;
3. Dreaming deactivates that emotional arousal by completing the expectation pattern metaphorically, this leaves the brain to respond afresh to each new day.
To find out more:
Visit the website: www.why-we-dream.com
Read this article: Dreaming to forget: The real reason why
Read the book: Why We Dream: The Definitive Answer - How dreaming keeps us sane or can drive us mad
Watch the video: A talk by Joe Griffin, the man behind the expectation fulfilment theory: