All About Dreaming

Why we dream is still one of the behavioral sciences' greatest unanswered questions. Researchers have offered many theories—memory consolidation, emotional regulation, threat simulation—but a unified one remains, well, a pipe dream. Nevertheless, people continue mining their nighttime reveries for clues to their inner lives, for creative insight, and even for premonitions.

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Secrets of Napping

By John Cline Ph.D. on September 27, 2016 in Sleepless in America
Naps can improve alertness and productivity without needing to use energy drinks to get through the day. Proper timing and correct duration are the secrets to successful napping.

When Was the Last Time You Floated On Your Inner River?

By Bernard L. De Koven on September 15, 2016 in On Having Fun
Is there a water feature in your Inner Playground?
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Realizing Your Dreams, One Tiny Action at a Time

What do you want to accomplish? To be a great leader? To get your writing published? Or to start doing yoga, or running? Or to lose those pesky 10 pounds?

Dreams of Finding Treasure

By Patrick McNamara Ph.D. on September 02, 2016 in Dream Catcher
Unearthing buried treasure in your dream may predict a period of creativity in your life

News From the 2016 Annual Dreams Conference

This year's IASD conference included talks on jihadi dreams, emotional processing, gender differences, social cognition, and existential dreams of "sublime disquietude."

3 Keys To Finding Balance in Motherhood

Motherhood can be an excuse to give up on your dreams. Writer Yuko Grover offers tips to empower yourself and your children.

9 Habits That Can Keep You From Achieving Your Dreams

Your bad mental habits could be sabotaging your best efforts—and you might not even realize you're doing it.

Non-Self Characters in Lucid Dreams

By Patrick McNamara Ph.D. on August 06, 2016 in Dream Catcher
Non-self dream characters are not simple expressions of a sub-personality of the dreamer.

Symptoms Are Dreams Trying to Come True

By Gregg Levoy on July 30, 2016 in Passion!
Passions become needs, and if they're not met they become symptoms. Here's how to use those symptoms to unearth your passions, and use pain to evoke growth

The Psychological Hero

By Pythia Peay on July 19, 2016 in America On The Couch
"The Hero-myth is the central myth of Jungian psychoanalysis, because for Jung the hero’s 'grand opus' concerns the relations with the unconscious." Jungian analyst Erel Shalit

A Brief History of Dream Research

By Michelle Carr on June 30, 2016 in Dream Factory
Fhe study of dreams has evolved substantially since the discovery of REM sleep by researchers Aserinsky and Kleitman in 1953.

They Dream of School, and None of the Dreams Are Good

By Peter Gray Ph.D. on June 29, 2016 in Freedom to Learn
I don’t know why these particular dream themes are so common. How sad, though, that schooling, which is more or less required by law, produces a lifetime of bad dreams.

Love in Outer Space - Or Just in Your Head?

Water worlds? Kelper 62f? Stanislaw Lew’s sci-fi novel "Solaris" gave them a living angry mind. Tarkovsky’s and Steven Soderbergh’s psychological films saw it differently. Why?
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Does What You Eat Affect How You Sleep?

By Michael J Breus Ph.D. on June 27, 2016 in Sleep Newzzz
It’s time to pay more attention to the possible role that nutrition may plan in helping to improve sleep.
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Can Two People Have the Same Dream?

By Patrick McNamara Ph.D. on June 19, 2016 in Dream Catcher
We have no good scientific explanations for shared dreams. Perhaps that is why science has not yet investigated these events.

Sleep: Wake Up to These 23 Fascinating Facts

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on June 19, 2016 in Living Single
If you knew more about the science and culture of sleep and dreaming, maybe you would relax and sleep better at night.
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Take Risks for Athletic Success

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on June 15, 2016 in The Power of Prime
Risk taking means pushing your limits, getting out of your comfort zone, and confronting failure, so that, when the risk pays off, you will experience sports success.

How Much Sleep Is Required for Optimal Health? Age Matters.

For the first time, sleep experts have reached a consensus on how much sleep is required to optimize psychological and physical well-being at various stages of the human lifespan.

Mediated Dreaming

How do new media technologies impact people's dreaming experiences? And how can new digital tools enhance our understanding of dreams?
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What It Means When You Have a Bad Dream About Your Partner

By Michelle Carr on May 31, 2016 in Dream Factory
Dreaming of infidelity and jealousy can increase conflict and decrease intimacy with your partner the following day.

Do You Have a Recurring School Dream? Tell Me About It

By Peter Gray Ph.D. on May 29, 2016 in Freedom to Learn
Dreams about being a student in school are very common, even for people who have been out of school for a long time. If you have had such a dream more than once, describe it here.

Do Medications Cause Nightmares?

By Michelle Carr on May 28, 2016 in Dream Factory
A recent case report describes a woman who experienced the sudden onset of nightmares after being prescribed a certain antiobiotic.

Arianna Huffington's Sleep Revolution

Arianna Huffington's new book "The sleep revolution" effectively lays out the public health consequences of sleep loss and then points to a way forward to address this crisis

No. 1 Reason Having Vivid Dreams Benefits Your Brain

A groundbreaking study has identified—for the first time—a direct causal link between rapid eye movement (REM) sleep and memory formation.
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Self-Awareness is Sexy

Self-awareness seems to be the buzz word these days, but there's more to it. It's important to know who we are as a pathway to finding our bliss and joy.

Unexpected Effect of Dreaming on Fear Memories

By William R. Klemm Ph.D. on May 23, 2016 in Memory Medic
Your brain is busy while you sleep.

My Experience of Psychosis

Transient post-operative delirium in critical care produced symptoms uniquely explained by the diametric model of mental illness.

Are Tattered American Dreams Destroying Our Nation's Psyche?

Why are Americans self-destructing in record numbers? Tattered American Dreams and malcontent may be driving our nation's suicide epidemic and opioid addictions.

Attending to the Unconscious in a Psychotherapy Session

By Karen L Smith MSS, LCSW on May 01, 2016 in Full Living
Lots of folks can offer counsel to our clients. Our job is to help them access clues from their unconscious about the turmoils of their soul.

Electronic Tools for the Sleep Revolution

Arianna Huffington's call for a "sleep revolution" includes an important role for new technologies that monitor and track people's sleep patterns.