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

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 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 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.
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Every Morning, I Wake Up Feeling So Tired. Why?

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...

Is It Time To Build Your Exit Strategy?

By Megan Dalla-Camina on April 27, 2017 in Real Women
Are you dreaming of leaving your job? Are you sick of working on someone else's agenda and looking to create purposeful work? You might need this plan to build your exit strategy.

Life of Agony Never Stopped Dreaming

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on April 24, 2017 in Brick by Brick
“The most fond memories I have from the old days are of Joey and I sitting at his mom’s kitchen table in the middle of the night, eating pasta, drawing on a notebook our stage plan

Is Your Life Coaching Career a Dream or a Goal?

By John Kim, LMFT on April 24, 2017 in The Angry Therapist
I believe anyone can be a life coach. All you need is a passion to help others and a story. You have both. The rest is logistics.

Virtual Reality as a Mirror of Depersonalization

By Elena Bezzubova on April 23, 2017 in The Search for Self
Negative mirroring between cyber-generated virtual reality and the psyche-generated virtual unreality, or depersonalization, opens the way to the quest for consciousness and self.

The Dreams of a Religious Cult Member

What can a thirty-year long dream journal reveal about the life of an ex-member of a religious cult?

Imprinting and the Epigenetics of the Brain and Sleep

One of the best-understood epigenetic mechanisms—genomic imprinting—explains much about both sleep and the brain.
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Can Paying Attention to Dreams Increase Creativity?

By Thomas Ward Ph.D. on April 18, 2017 in Creativity for You
Do you reflect on your dreams when you wake up in the morning? Would it help you to think more creatively if you did?
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Are We Dreaming All the Time?

Is dreaming truly different from wakefulness?

The Neural Correlates of Dreaming

By Patrick McNamara Ph.D. on April 15, 2017 in Dream Catcher
Dreaming can occur in all sleep states and is associated with a particular brain region.
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Restorative Sleep Is Vital to Brain Health

Restorative sleep is vital to a healthy brain. But what if you can't sleep?
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Sleep and the Amazing Shrinking Synapse

By John Cline Ph.D. on March 30, 2017 in Sleepless in America
Forgetting may be as important as remembering. New research indicates that brain changes during sleep facilitate forgetting useless information.

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.
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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.