«Sweet Dreams» or the origin of the "cable TV» in our subconscious?
Oh, those sweet dreams. Since ancient times, people are trying to learn how to interpret dreams and understand why the dark nights when the brain takes a well-deserved "lunch break" instead of the void in the minds begin to ride brightly colored pictures. Today on the Internet you can find a lot of different interpretations, ranging from "my grandmother's fortune-telling" and ending with the vain attempts of modern psychologists.
The truth is that dreams are not something supernatural. See some pictures while you sleep - this is normal. Subconsciously, while in that state, we roll in his head some of the events recall the days are long gone, people, places, and so on. And, in fact, there is nothing wrong with that. But that's why we dream - is still unknown. There are several theories that can tell from what is happening, and that we have them with you today consider.
1. Your personal secretary
All kinds of experiments and research (yes, sleep with the connected sensors, we have found a dream job for any student) showed that dreams help us save, filter, and organize various information. During sleep, our brain turns into our personal secretary who arranges for daddy information obtained by us for the day. Salt in the fact that while we are awake and decide the fate of the universe, the memories stored in the hippocampus - is that part of the brain that is associated with long-term memory. While we watch the colored cartoons in a dream, memories are transferred from the hippocampus to the cortex - our "central processor" that processes the new information. Sleep allows you to transfer our memories in different parts of the brain, so that in time they can be played.
2. Your personal therapist
Some researchers believe that in addition to all other functions dreams perform more and function of our personal therapist (with the only difference that a dream does not have to pay $ 50 per hour). Dreams help us to cope with strong emotions. Psychologists believe that when a person has a dream, he subconsciously get rid of some emotions and different events. By eliminating these emotions and losing certain events, we are better able to handle a variety of experiences. Some "experts dreams" believe that dreams can be a great way to get to the root of their negative or positive experiences. On the other hand, there is a perception that this is a kind of "quiet safe haven" where people can unconsciously "dig" in themselves and their deepest fears.
3. Your personal "Xanax"
Another study of the phenomenon of dreams, conducted in 2009, says that in addition to all the other delights of some people dreams act as a natural antidepressant and anxiolytic. And it's not that after a sleepless night on the computer, many of us wakes up the desire to kill, and after a good 8 hours of sleep is not. A team of scientists (no, not the UK) studied two groups of people, where the first consisted of a completely healthy (or at least non-surveyed) members, and the second group - of students who suffer from depression and anxiety. Guinea offered to participate in the experiment with the phases of fast and slow wave sleep, and then pass a couple of psychological tests. The researchers found that those who suffer from depression are more likely than the control group, instead of pink unicorns and tropical palms dreaming with themes of aggression, death and persecution. This alludes to the fact that the human brain is suffering from problems with self-esteem and emotional state, attempt to take the bull by the horns and to rethink their experiences.
4. Your personal film Hichhoka
Well, where we can disappear without a good old Freud's grandfather? That Freud first theorized that with your dreams, comrades, is not so simple as it seems. If you believe his theory, it was a dream start to break out glimpses of unconscious - animal instincts, swirled with sex and violence. And yes, according to Freud, is one-third of our souls pervert every second wants to sleep with their parents, and every first sublimates. But not all of the reproductive organ, it's worth, right? There are more and lampposts.