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

The Making of Microdreams

By Michelle Carr on March 25, 2017 in Dream Factory
Tore Nielsen, author of the recent paper ‘Microdream neurophenomenology’ deconstructs the process by which Microdreams are formed.

New Study Identifies "Microdreams"

By Michelle Carr on March 25, 2017 in Dream Factory
An exciting new paper published in Neuroscience of Consciousness zooms in on a new avenue for dream research: the Microdream.
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What Is Consciousness?

What would it take to make a robot experience a dream?

Attending to the Unconscious in a Psychotherapy Session

By Karen L Smith MSS, LCSW on March 15, 2017 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.

The Serenity Prayer and 16 Variations

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on March 14, 2017 in Ambigamy
The Serenity Prayer is extraordinary moral guidance, not some unworkable "always do X" rule, but a way to frame up a fundamental judgment call we all have to make over and over.

The Study of a 32-Year Long Dream Journal

This long series of dreams offers an amazing opportunity to observe the emotional contours of a woman's life as she makes her way through a challenging and often dangerous world.

Dream Interpretation

By Patrick McNamara Ph.D. on March 03, 2017 in Dream Catcher
This simple four-step decoding scheme can unlock the basic meaning elements in any dream.

Don't Let Them Kill Your Dreams

By Mridu Khullar Relph on February 27, 2017 in Culturally Incorrect
Why does everyone try to dissuade you from expressing your true desires? Here's how to keep those negative voices out of your head and truly go after your big goals and desires

Deep Memories of Insects

By Jeffrey Lockwood Ph.D. on February 17, 2017 in The Infested Mind
What creatures infest the dark recesses of the mind?

4 Keys to Increase Your Happiness As You Get Older

By Andrea Brandt Ph.D. M.F.T. on February 01, 2017 in Mindful Anger
The road to happiness often requires curiosity, openness, and flexibility. But, remember, you're not over the hill; you're at the top of the mountain.

Harriet Tubman An Acquired Savant, Says Rain Man's Doctor

By Maureen Seaberg on February 01, 2017 in Sensorium
It's time to reconsider the profound perceptual abilities of one of our nation's greatest heroines.

Practicing Darts in Lucid Dreams Improves Performance

By Michelle Carr on January 31, 2017 in Dream Factory
Practicing motor tasks in lucid dreams may help to improve performance, although only, if you are able to focus on the task in your dream.

Neil Gaiman and Process Philosophy

By David Dillard-Wright Ph.D. on January 27, 2017 in Boundless
Neil Gaiman's novel American Gods provides a diversion, but possibly also some insight, into this fractious and upsetting time.

Virtual Reality and Dream Research

By Patrick McNamara Ph.D. on January 22, 2017 in Dream Catcher
Virtual reality environments may be used to influence dream content patterns

The Dreams from Obama's America

By Dinesh Sharma Ph.D. on January 16, 2017 in Leaders in the Making
Dreams from the Obama legacy and the past eight years.

New Beginnings

To change your life: you have to make a commitment to do so understand the ripple effect it has on others, seek support from others, and believe in yourself.
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Dreaming Is Play: A New Theory of Dream Psychology

The best way to understand the psychological power of dreaming is to recognize it as a kind of play that promotes the flexibility and adaptive creativity of the human mind.

EMDR and the Sleep Connection

By John Cline Ph.D. on December 31, 2016 in Sleepless in America
Growing evidence indicates that EMDR is effective in treating PTSD. Could it be that it works by activating brain systems similar to those active in REM sleep?
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Dreaming Linked to Bursts of Brain Activity During Sleep

By Michelle Carr on December 31, 2016 in Dream Factory
A new study finds a link between dream recall and short bursts of brain activity occurring during sleep; both may reflect a 'memory replay' function of sleep.

Hit the Snooze for Lucid Dreams?

By Michelle Carr on December 31, 2016 in Dream Factory
Lucid dreams are more likely to occur during lighter sleeps, like naps or after early morning awakenings, when the mind is more aroused and closer to waking.

3 Things Your Dreams May Reveal About You

By Vinita Mehta Ph.D., Ed.M. on December 31, 2016 in Head Games
Recent research shows how our psychology can be reflected in our dreams.

“I’ll be home for Christmas if only in my dreams”

By Robyn Fivush Ph.D. on December 21, 2016 in The Stories of Our Lives
Christmas can be a difficult time for those who have served. Sharing their stories is a way to honor their sacrifice.

Dreaming in the Library of Babel

By Patrick McNamara Ph.D. on December 08, 2016 in Dream Catcher
Borges' story describes the plight of librarians seeking to understand an infinite library containing both gibberish and useful information.

How Dreams of Deceased Loved Ones Affect the Dreamers

By Preston Ni M.S.B.A. on December 04, 2016 in Communication Success
What common messages do visitation dreams convey?

10 Essentials About Midlife Love Relationships

By Roni Beth Tower Ph.D., ABPP on November 27, 2016 in Life, Refracted
Adaptations face us as we enter and move through love in midlife. We must re-examine our needs, wants and dreams as well as allow alternate ways of loving into our lives.
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Monsters

By Glenn C. Altschuler Ph.D. on November 22, 2016 in This Is America
Monsters, real and imagined, take shape from the interplay between the inherent fears of human nature and a specific historical context.

8 Ways to Trigger Lucid Dreaming

Ever wonder how you could induce a lucid dream? Here are 8 techniques supported by research.

Why Do We Dream We Are Flying?

The important difference between the function of dreams and the meaning of dreams.

The Technology of Dreaming in "Falling Water"

"Falling Water," new on the USA Network, goes further than any other television show in exploring the multiple dimensions of dreaming latent within the human mind.