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 a friend who tried your theory. She booked a slew of long (12 hour-plus) plane flights in a short period of time in order to try to conquer her fear of flying.
It failed. She was as afraid at the end as at the beginning.
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