Saturday, January 14, 2006

Can dreams tell you anything about yourself?

"Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.
- Edgar Allan Poe, 'Eleanora,' 1842

Night dreaming is random, prompted by a brain that seeks excitement or tranquility, depending on what conditions it experiences by day.

Night dreams tend to go counter to the brain's day experiences.

Day dreaming can be focussed, whereas night dreaming happens entirely by chance. Day dreaming, while it may take longer than night dreaming, could produce grander results because it considers greater possibilities.

There is nothing to fear from night dreams. They are nothing more than the brain's desire for exercise (or rest) in ways it doesn't experience by day.

Like stretching the muscles, night dreams stretch the brain's abilities so that it doesn't atrophy from too little use or suffer from abuse.

Bill Allin
'Turning It Around: Causes and Cures for Today's Epidemic Social Problems,' striving to put night dreams in perspective and to encourage imaginative day dreaming.
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