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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Excellent article, thank you. There is also evidence that the amygdala is larger where a pregnant mother experienced high levels of stress, suggesting that cortisol/adrenalin impacted upon cortical development in the developing foetus. These infants/children have a lower stress threshold and a tendency to be more anxious. Colleagues in Australia have been exploring this with Aboriginal Australians who have experienced prolonged unresolved trauma (and their children).
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