We all dream, whether it’s at night or day we all experience this time where our unconscious coming to life with things, thoughts, ideas and faces we never knew existed. But why does it happen?
Why do we dream?
Dreams have fascinated people since the beginning of time, even so much so that the Egyptians considered those with vivid dreams as gifted with special insight. Slowly as the knowledge of man progressed, so did the concept of dreams, and it was termed as the insights into the inner workings of the mind by psychologists. At its core, these theories stated that while our conscious minds slumber, our unconscious minds produce images that can give us special insight into our deepest selves.
If you search it up, you’ll find many indicating explanations for things seen in dreams: they will tell you that haunted houses symbolize “unfinished emotional business”, dimly lit lamps mean you’re “feeling overwhelmed by emotional issues”, a feast indicates “a lack of balance in your life”, and garages symbolize a feeling of “lacking direction or guidance in achieving your goals.”
But what if there’s no secret code, and we’ve been spending our time reading into a bunch of random images, much like people find shapes and objects hidden in the clouds?
What if dreams don’t actually mean anything?
That is the conclusion drawn by some modern neuroscientists who believe that these dreams are just a side effect of more significant cognitive functions.
Perhaps, they are just there and have no hidden messages for some of us?
But that’s the thing about the brain, we think we know what we know and yet we still know nothing about it.
Maybe these dreams are a sort of revelation for people, for others they must mean emotional disturbance, or just be an occurrence of something they’ve been thinking too much about lately, and for others it could mean neither of the above.
But how to tell if they hold any significance or none at all is a complicated job, because while we still have yet to discover most of the workings of the brain, it is hard to determine what it concocts and produces.
Personally, I think it varies from person to person. One might believe that he is about to face a loss if he sees a dying animal in his dream, or not. It might be worth checking in with yourself about how you’ve been feeling, and perhaps consider whether there’s some action you could take to help improve your moods.
The first step to understanding dreams is perhaps to put that dream interpreter dictionary down.