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Dream A Little Dream

Dream A Little Dream

We’ve all woken suddenly in the night from a dream that feels too real to be just the inner workings of the brain at rest.  The images we see while we sleep can be very convincing at times, so convincing in fact that we may alter our day so as not to face events that occur in dreams.  This is one of the reasons why a team of researchers have dedicated their studies to finding out if our dreams act to influence our daily behavior.

ABC News recently reported about a study that was conducted by Morewedge and Michael I. Norton of Harvard on the topic of dreams.  The Nortons’ studies spanned both Eastern and Western cultures including the United States, South Korea, and India.  Overall, the researchers found that people tend to place great importance on their dreams.

In the study the researchers caution people about the lengths they go to after having a realistic or disturbing dream.  Researchers used one example of this by saying, “Dreams of spousal infidelity may lead to suspicious accusation, alienating one’s spouse and potentially provoking actual infidelity.” 

A majority of the 182 people surveyed in Boston reported that dreams do affect their day to day behavior.  About 68 percent believe that dreams can foretell their future while 63 percent said that at least one of their dreams had come true in the past.  The study also showed that people are more likely to change their travel plans after having a dream about a plane crash than they would if they had a waking thought about a crash or received warnings from the government. 

Even though the images and thoughts we experience during sleep are subconscious, they are still coming from our own psyches which leads us to place greater importance on them.  The study closed by saying, “although dreams are unlikely to predict future world events, it is possible that they may provide some hidden insight into diurnal life in the way that laypeople believe they do.”

What do you think about the way dreams can affect our behavior?

Do you think your dreams affect the way you go about your day to day life?
 

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  • ticklemeusilly By ticklemeusilly
    03.16.09  

    I hate to admit it, but yes dreams have affected my daily life. I have been a little upset with a friend and my husband after having a dream that they were having an affair. Ok, it was just a dream, but it bothered me for days. I kept going over it in my mind, and thinking if there were clues that I had seen and they were only coming up to the surface in my resting mind. It took me a while to get back to normal. And this was years ago, and no, they never did have an affair, it was just a bad dream, so I was a little crazed to alienate a friend for a few weeks over it, and risk losing her, over it. She did have a secret boyfriend though, so maybe that was it? Who knows? She didn't want us to know because we always check them out and make a big deal out of it, and she didn't know if this would last or not. But it did, and they are now married.

  • jessica23 By jessica23
    03.16.09  

    I definatly think that we are affected by dreams. However, I beleive that dreams are a way of our brain to work out subconscious problems and stuff. The problems might ones that we are aware of and the symbols might not be clear (l have a dream dictionary that I love!). Writing down dreams as soon as I can rember them and then refering to my dictionary has helped me figure out some of my dreams meanings...

  • am_i_lost By am_i_lost
    03.17.09  

    I have always heard that dreams do have related meaning to ones' life but I have never looked into it myself. Although I think that it would be very interesting. I have had dreams that have left me feeling very uneasy when I have been struggling with a decision in my life. Maybe that's my subconscious letting me know it's not the right thing to do.

  • flower54 By flower54
    03.17.09  

    I do think that dreams effect our behavior. If they seem real it does effect your day. I have had very realistic type dreams. Also have had dreams of certain places and things and find that years later I'll be somewhere and it occurs to me that I've seen this place or thing in my dreams. Anyone else have this experience?

  • miscellaneousfinds4u By miscellaneousfinds4u
    03.18.09  

    Researchers used one example of this by saying, ?Dreams of spousal infidelity may lead to suspicious accusation, alienating one?s spouse and potentially provoking actual infidelity.? I can agree with this! I've been happily married for 25-years but had a very vivid dream about my husband having an affair. I couldn't shake the feeling of it for a couple of days. Really hoping I don't have that one again! Great info! Thanks, Connie

  • rosebudchela By rosebudchela
    03.18.09  

    Oh do I hate when I wake up with a head ache. Also the dreams that you wake up and then you fall back to sleep in the same dream.

  • missy47 By missy47
    03.19.09  

    I do think dreams help us grow. I know that being older now, that the dreams I have seem to be more crazy. I remember one dream that I had when my son was about 10 years old. The dream showed me, my son, and our three dogs under a tree. My husband was not in it. When my husband asked for a divorce several months later, then I knew what that dream meant. I have had several dreams where things have come true. I really hate the dreams I have all the time when I am looking for a place to go to the bathroom. The bathrooms in my dreams are disgusting and dirty. Some of the tolits are falling in. I can't even sit on one either. Then I always wake up and have to go to the bathroom really bad in the middle of the night. My dream is telling me to wake up, and let me tell you, I am grateful for that. I have had dreams also of my second husband leaving me, but know this is all my thinking, and would never happen.

  • Teresajane By Teresajane
    03.19.09  

    I agree with the study and think that people do sometimes make changes in their day to day lives based on dreams. Although I rarely remember dreams. I do know that my husband has vivid dreams quite often. Usually his dreams are too bizarre to be mistaken for realistic and are often relating to his involvement in historical events. :)

  • sangeetagarg By sangeetagarg
    03.19.09  

    I think some of my dreams came out to be true or atleast they gave me a clue to something which happened later on.So who knows.?Sometime they are just a state of our mind or outcome of something which is hidden in our thoughts.

  • Jargon By Jargon
    03.20.09  

    I often have dreams that seem to foretell the future. Not in a really obvious way but I will dream of being in a certain place at a certain time and hearing someone say a certain thing and then it happens. Or I will have a dream that is a continuation of different dreams that I had years before. I once had a dream that my husband was cheating on me with my friend and I woke up furious with him. The notion of him dallying with my friend was laughable at best but that didn't stop the immediate visceral reaction. Poor guy. Lol..

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