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Jessica Paul Block 1 Psychology COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT DREAMING         The average amount of dreams a person usually

has in one night is about 3 to 5 dreams per night. Some may have up to 7 dreams. It is normal to have several dreams in one night. A person does not dream the entire night. A person only spends two hours in the dream state. Most people dream in color. Some may not notice their dreams in color because dreams fade quickly so they may be only able to remember shades of gray. If the dream is in black and white then that specifies a depressed or saddened mood. The feelings that are shown throughout the day are usually seen in the dream. Traumatic experiences can also affect a dream. There are no differences in male and female dream patterns while in the dream state. But there is a difference between their content of the dream. Men dream about men and women dream about women and men. It is possible to die in dreams. Dreams of death appear if they are in a lot of stress, depression, or by a recent real life death. Animals have the same brain activity during sleep, therefore they must dream.

DREAM THEORY Sigmund Freud- Freud believes that nothing you do occur by chance. The actions and thoughts people have are provoked when asleep because they usually do not release their feelings during the day. Therefore, they are shown in dreams. Freud has three parts of dreams, Id, Ego, and Superego. These sects allow a person to express their feelings and actions that they would usually not show in the real world. Freud thinks that the reason people cannot remember their dreams is because the superego is protecting the mind from troubling images. He also believes that dreams have a manifest and latent meaning. Freud supposes that sexual content is the main “root” that occurs in dreams. Alfred Adler- “Adler believes that dreams are an important tool to mastering control over the waking lives”. He thinks that real life situations and problems are shown in dreams so that people can better understand the problem and try to solve it. Adler also believes that control, power, and motivation are the things that show your behavior and dreams. People are more likely to show their feelings, emotions, and actions through their dreams.

Carl Jung- “Jung believes in the existence of the unconscious.” He sees dreams as spiritual way to communicate and show feelings. He expresses that dreams can be viewed as pair opposites. How they act in dreams are their “shadow” of themselves and the parts in real life they do not want to show. He also believes that the images seen in dreams show something about themselves, relationships with others, and real life situations that they are going through. Fredrick Perls- “Perls believes that dreams contain the rejected, disowned parts of the self. “ He thinks that every character and object in a dream represents the person having the dream. He believes that people should retell their dream in present tense and act out every character and object. This will help recognize the feelings that the person has ignored. TYPES OF DREAMS Dreams about being chased means that the person who is dreaming has a lot of feelings of anxiety. The person who is being chased means that they avoid the situation in real life. The person who is the chaser can also represent apart of the dreamer. Dreams of falling indicate insecurities, instabilities, and anxieties. The person is overwhelmed and not in control in their real life. Falling dreams also represent a sense of failure. Dreams about death mean a couple of different things. If the dream is about someone’s death means that the person who is dreaming lacks a quality about the person who died. If the dream is about your own death then that means the person is going into a new phase of life. DREAM ANALYSIS EXERCISE Dream #1 Puppy ( To dream of puppy symbolizes playfulness and carefree nature. It also shows that the person is reliable and trustworthy. Puppy ( To dream of a puppy represents your liveliness and happy personality. Children ( To dream of children shows an aspect of yourself and childlike qualities. It also shows the person’s innocence, purity, simplicity, and carefree attitude. Children ( To dream of children shows your desire to return to an innocent time when you were not troubled with problems from the adult world.

Love ( To dream of love suggests feelings from a relationship. It represents your contentment with what you have and where you are in life. Love ( To dream of love symbolizes strong emotions from a real life relationship. Work ( To dream about current work shows that they need to work harder. Work ( To dream of yourself at your current work indicates that you have anxiety about it. Mom ( To see your mom in your dream represents the nurturing aspect of your own character. Mom ( To dream of your mother represents the nurturing and protective side of your personality. Summer ( To dream about summer shows growth, knowledge, high productivity, tolerance and maturity. Summer ( To dream about summer shows your personal achievement, wisdom, and progression. You are able to accept different opinions and viewpoints. DREAM #2 Driving ( To dream that you are driving signifies your life’s journey and path in life. It also tells you how you are moving through life. Driving ( To dream that you are driving symbolizes the road you are taking through life. Car ( To dream about driving a car indicates your will to succeed, determination, and your talents for moving on in life. Car ( To dream about driving a car shows your ability to control your life.

Town ( To dream about a town shows your warmth and compassion. Also, it means that you are sociable and get along well with others. Town ( To dream of a town represents your feeling of closeness, community, and surroundings. Lost ( To dream that you are lost suggests that you have lost your direction in life or lost sight of your goals. You may be feeling worried and insecure. Lost ( To dream that you are lost symbolizes that you are losing sense of direction in life. You may be taking a path that is leading you far away from your goals. Walking ( To dream that you have difficulty walking shows that you are reluctant and hesitant in proceeding forward in a situation. Walking ( To dream that you have difficulty walking indicates that you are holding back. You have a goal but are struggling to achieve it. Beach ( Beach ( To dream that you are looking toward the beach shows that you are searching for comfortable and habitual situation or feelings. Tidal Wave ( To see a tidal wave in your dream represents your feelings and negative emotions that are bottled up inside for too long. Also, if you are carried away in the tidal wave that means that you are ready to make a new start. Tidal Wave ( To dream of a tidal wave represents a significant issue in life that needs to be addressed.

DREAM ANALYSIS SUMMER: WHAT DID YOU LEARN?    Reoccurring themes in my dreams are usually about the summer, events that happened that day, or a couple days before. I dream about those things because I look forward to them, or I want to replay something that happened. I have had some dreams about the teen tour I am going on this summer. I am dreaming about that because I’ve been filling out paperwork for it recently, and have been talking to people going on the same trip. I have learned a couple of things from keeping a dream diary. Since I usually do not remember my dreams, the dreams that I am able to remember I can put in the dream diary. I can go back and reread the dreams I had and see if there is a reoccurring theme. If there is, I can look up what it represents. I can also see if reoccurring objects or people are in it and see what they symbolize.