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.

Recent posts on Dreaming

pixabay open source

Interpreting signs and symbols

Signs and symbols expressed by the patient’s unconscious in dreams may enable health care professionals to identify the pernicious onset of delirium.

Sleep and the Social Brain

By Patrick McNamara Ph.D. on August 15, 2017 in Dream Catcher
Each night key structures of the social brain are deactivated during NREM and then reactivated during REM. Why?

What Were You Doing in My Dream?

Dreams can be weird, original and surprising. Who exactly is in charge of them?

Your Dreams: Interpreted and Drawn

By Michelle Carr Ph.D. on August 14, 2017 in Dream Factory
DreamsID is a new touring performance art project between dream scientist Professor Mark Blagrove, and artist and illustrator Dr. Julia Lockheart.
Volha_R/Shutterstock

You Really Need to Be Tracking Your Dreams

By Patrick McNamara Ph.D. on August 01, 2017 in Dream Catcher
Recording and working with your dreams on a regular basis may allow you to better predict your illnesses, cultivate your creativity and improve your daily social interactions.

Delaying Gratification Can Come at a Cost

Rational decision-making should play a role in assessing if delaying gratification is worth it—but not be the only factor. Emotions are important too.

Unimagined Sensitivities, Part 12

By Michael Jawer on July 30, 2017 in Feeling Too Much
A life-threatening emergency can, in some cases, produce a veritable distress signal that communicates what is being experienced, physiologically and/or emotionally.

Reminiscing and Contemplating

There is a natural tendency with age to live too much in the past.

7 Major Questions (and Answers) About Dreaming

By Michael J Breus Ph.D. on July 28, 2017 in Sleep Newzzz
Dreaming is a strange and mysterious process — one that scientists don’t fully understand. Let’s take a closer look at the stuff of which dreams are made.

Unimagined Sensitivities, Part 11

By Michael Jawer on July 22, 2017 in Feeling Too Much
Some dreams can serve as a virtual x-ray, indicating what’s happening in the body. The process illustrates how life-threatening trauma may generate its own distress signals.
FTiare/Shutterstock

Why Early-Life Dreams Correlate with Adult Nightmares

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on July 11, 2017 in Media Spotlight
How can your earliest memories shape the nightmares you might be experiencing as an adult? And what might it mean for adults dealing with frequent nightmares?

Yes, You Can’t!—Why You Should Affirm Your Limitations

This title may seem unduly pessimistic—or downright perverse. But as a cautionary note, there are times when your dreams or lofty ideals must bow to inescapable reality.
pixabay open source

The Lexicon of Delirium

We must depart from traditional perspectives on delirium that have presented it as an entity without history, and one bordering on a transcendent ideal.

Unimagined Sensitivities, Part 10

By Michael Jawer on July 09, 2017 in Feeling Too Much
It’s possible that searing trauma – experienced by humans or other creatures similarly endowed – produces effects that are simultaneously physical, emotional, and spiritual.
By Glogger (Own work) GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Wet Dreams: Bemused and Bewildered

Many boys are confused by a common event, which for many is their first experience of an orgasm. It doesn't have to be this way.

I Know How You Felt Last Night

By Michelle Carr Ph.D. on June 30, 2017 in Dream Factory
Are dreams more frequently emotional or neutral? Are they more negative or positive, or balanced? Recent research claims that 'how you measure is what you get.'

How Can You Make Your Dream Job a Reality?

By Peter Bregman on June 27, 2017 in How We Work
Do you have a dream you’ve been waiting to make good on? Bernie Roth lays out his formula for following through on your most ambitious goals and dreams.

Trumping Animals and Their Homes: Seeing Light in Dark Times

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on June 23, 2017 in Animal Emotions
It's a tough time for animals. We need to overcome negativity, resist compassion and empathy fatigue, maintain hope, and keep our dreams alive.

Some Resources for People Interested in Sleep and Dreams

By Patrick McNamara Ph.D. on June 22, 2017 in Dream Catcher
Big data initiatives in sleep and dreams will revolutionize sleep and dream research.

Are Your Medications Giving You Nightmares?

By Gary L. Wenk Ph.D. on June 19, 2017 in Your Brain on Food
Given how widespread the use of many of these medications has become, it is amazing that most of us do not experience a nightmare every night.

How Our Thoughts Change When We Fall Asleep

By Michelle Carr Ph.D. on June 15, 2017 in Dream Factory
“It seems that in REM sleep, to think is to do… that is, to realise any possibility that presents itself."

Thoughts in the Brain, Awake and Asleep

By Michelle Carr Ph.D. on June 15, 2017 in Dream Factory
A recent study suggests thoughts share a certain neural substrate across different states of wake and sleep, although the content of these thoughts changes during sleep.

When Fantasies Lead You Down the Wrong Path

By Amy Fries on June 09, 2017 in The Power of Daydreaming
If we don’t take a step back periodically and become conscious of the fantasies that fuel us, we can find ourselves ferociously marching down the wrong path.

Keeping a Dream Journal

One of the greatest values of a dream journal is the way it grows in power and depth over time.

How Trauma Impacts Us

Hold onto your dreams.

Short vs. Long Dreams: Are There Any Differences in Content?

A word search analysis of a five-year selection from my own dream journal reveals the same consistent patterns of content in both the shorter and longer reports.
Lolostock/Shutterstock

4 Reasons Why You Can Wake Up Feeling Tired

Whatever you are doing right now, stop and go take a nap. Preferably alone.

Dreams Aren't Child's Play, or Are They?

By Susan Scheftel Ph.D. on May 03, 2017 in Evolving Minds
Can we ever understand the mystery of dreams? What children's play can reveal about the nature of dreaming.

Becoming the Woman of His Dreams

She has become the woman of her man’s dreams when she...