Dreams have been described as dress rehearsals for real life, opportunities to gratify wishes, and a form of nocturnal therapy. A new theory aims to make sense of it all.
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I have learned to self-soothe and it has changed my life. Instead of spiraling into catastrophic thoughts, I can now give someone the benefit of the doubt, or practice self-compassion. The thoughts I can guide myself to make a huge difference in how I am feeling, and it is great that they can come from me; I don’t have to wait for someone else to reassure me. Depending on others to soothe my emotions handicapped me and made me much more miserable than a I needed to be. Once I learned that I could soothe my own emotions, I became much stronger and more resilient.
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