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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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  • CutieBaby By CutieBaby
    03.23.09  

    I used to have this dream and i had for 1 whole year. It was so disturbing. God knows what these dreams mean. Thank God i dont have this dream anymore

  • LovesFlowers By LovesFlowers
    03.23.09  

    Are you kidding? My sister has experienced airplane disasters in her sleep and awakened to turn on the news and find that at that exact time a real plane crash had occurred exactly the way she dreamed it! I've dreamt things that have come true so many times I cannot count. One has to learn to discern which are prophetic dreams and which are simple 'brain static'. I have plenty of those too. Most of the time you can figure out which is which by just thinking about conversations, television/radio/video programming you've watched, situations you're concerned about as opposed to something you "have a bad feeling about." I think science is too quick to pass off real prophetic dreams that have saved people's lives literally. No matter how advanced scientific research may be, they still cannot control the supernatural.

  • linda_answer By linda_answer
    03.24.09  

    After my husband lost his job I started having dreams repeatedly about being in a fancy hotel, not in a hotel room, but just in the main foyer. It always ended with me calling home to my husband on my cell phone. It was strange. Then I read something on the internet and it mentioned dreaming about hotels, then it said if it was an upscale hotel it meant business or money problems. Makes sense about the money problems since my hubby had lost his job. Then it said if you were alone and not with a spouse it meant your relationship was good. And that part is true as we have been happily together since high school and married for 31 years. After my hubby got on disability and we had money coming in, bingo, the hotel dreams totally disappeared! I do take stock in dreams overall.

  • Chicago By Chicago
    03.25.09  

    I used to have very unsettling re-occurring dreams. I'm glad that they never came true. It seems that I would have these dreams when I was unsettled in general, or worried about something. The dreams never helped me solve anything and, in fact, caused me to be even more anxious becuase I was having the "nighmare" again. Not sure what dreams mean, or if they are useful in one's wakefulness. Regardless, I think dreams are very individual in terms of where they come from.

  • msfriendly By msfriendly
    03.31.09  

    If it is true that dreams do come true, I am in for one heck of a wild ride!

  • glbaker-oregon By glbaker-oregon
    04.09.09  

    LOL msfriendly. I believe that the subconscious is at work when dreaming. The subconscious picks up on everyday little actions that the conscious misses during the day. During the dream state the subconscious is trying to bring conclusions and information to these actions. Consequently many dreams may look like they are forecasting the future. But in reality it is just making sense of what we might have consciously overlooked.

  • tjshorty By tjshorty
    04.16.09  

    I think that for the most part dreams are there to help deal with stress and help to cope with life in general. I have had a few dreams actually come true and happen exactly as I had dreamt.

  • makeetis By makeetis
    04.19.09  

    I haven't ever had a dream that come true but I have had friends who said they do. I don't remember my dreams to often.

  • amiejoe By amiejoe
    05.17.09  

    dreams are a truly magnificent thing. your brain just never stops. i had a dream when i was little about getting lost in the woods... of course now that can happen to anyone in everyday life, but it happened to me and my mom two weeks later and while we were lost i got stung by at least 20 bee's and when my mom finally found the car she had to rush me to the emergancy room.. now when i get a dream i usually analize it really well....

  • sethienlukie By sethienlukie
    05.27.09  

    I had recurrent dreams that my fiance was cheating with his ex, leaving me anxious, paranoid, and awakening in tears. Once I began to utilize healthy communication with him about my concerns and frustrations with real life situations, I began to have dreams that I was exerting myself , and felt empowered and confident throughout the dreams. I really do believe our dreams give us insight we would not normally pay attention to in the hustle bustle of every day details of our lives.

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