Why do we dream?
Does a Baby Dream?
Who dreams? Everybody does as long as he is alive. Even a baby dreams. The fact is, it smiles in sleep. Astonishing and delightful, isn’t it? The language of a dream is difficult to interpret. Why do we dream?
“When we can’t dream any longer, we die.” (Emma Goldman)
Literally the quotation means that death is the end of dreams-a person dreams because he is alive. A dream (also a nightmare) indicates that the mind or brain is working even in sleep. Sometimes a dream becomes a fulfillment of a desire, like when you are able to kiss an elusive dream girl. Or, when you are hallucinating she turns out to be a monster and you scream for help. We are no hypocrites in sleep. If in wine there is truth, there is also truth in a dream. We cannot select what to dream about. Dreams have only one owner at a time, and that’s why dreamers are haunted and lonely men trying to figure out what the dream means.
Figuratively a dream is a symbol of ambition, hope, illusion, hallucination, imagination, fantasy, reverie, fantasy, trance, musing, absence of mind, abstractedness, and so forth.
The greatest dramatist and poet, William Shakespeare, talks of dreams as “the children of an idle brain begot of nothing but vain fantasy.” Virginia Woolf adds, “It is in our idleness, in our dreams, that the submerged thought sometimes comes to the top.”
The following explanation may help you interpret your own dream:
Dr. Sigmund Freud, Father of Psychoanalysis, explains that a dream or a nightmare is an expression of our unconscious desires, drives or inclinations and is therefore an intellectual exercise. Tired of receiving and responding to stimuli from the environment, we fall asleep. In other words, the stimuli from reality force us to respond in sleep in the form of a dream.
Dr. Freud said that dreams are only symbols of reality and should not be taken literally. He said that there is no scientific evidence or convincing theory that fully explains this phenomenon, but a dream could be actually a person’s synthesis of his own associations or mental connections with reality. The dreamer alone knows the truth behind the dream. Freud based his interpretations on his own dreams for convincing interpretations.
Caution: To believe entirely in a dream is to waste life in sleep. ###
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