Do Dreams Really Reveal Our Deepest Secrets?

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For being a science website, this is very poor science. Just because you can't prove anything or there isn't enough evidence, doesn't mean the contrary is true. This would just be another theory not a fact. I personally don't believe in psychics or anything, but we humans know more than we conscientiously think. I've had dreams of my friend's family member dying just a couple weeks before she did. This is what I would think without God, I won't mention that though cause this is a "science" website.
 
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I am in complete agreement with you. It's a good thing Einstein didn't apply these poor skills to physics, nor Tesla.

What I found so amusing was the contradiction in her own writings. It may be semantics, yet she states:
Egyptian and Mesopotamian people saw dreams as messages from their
(G)gods but dream interpretation didn't begin until Freud 's time.

There is rock solid evidence some people do experience forewarning of events in dreams. This is part of recorded human history, that has been discovered and excavated thus far.

No scientific quest for knowledge here, and she is a Professor. I would take issue with that tuition, personally.
 
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To start, the suggestion that dreams only reflect the processing of our waking world is technically an unprovable hypothesis, as no one but ourselves have direct access to our interior experiences. Reports are needed to validate this hypothesis, and reports are always subjective by nature...a scientific “no, no.”

The subjectivity of dreams does not mean, however, that direct subjective experience is not valid or worthy of examination. As another comment mentions, dreams have a long history of being considered prophetic and meaningful throughout history. Unfortunately, the sceptic in us discounts all first hand accounts of dream experience as being merely subjective—as if dreams could ever be anything else. A whole category of human experience is therefore reduced to scientific platitude and second hand judgment because of “lack of objective evidence.” In other words, dream states are resistant to scientific objective study, and therefore are subjected to academic hypothesis and theory—the creation of a “story” that processing is all that is happening. First hand evidence is therefore generally dismissed, despite being more grounded in reality than the theories that supplant first hand reports.

From personal, first hand experience (gasp), I can attest to dreams being prophetic. I have had a number of specific dreams that seemed to be significant...so much so that I immediately told my wife on awakening so that she would be able confirm things if they turned out to be prophetic, as I suspected.

One dream foretold the hit and run death of my four year old neighbour (backed over in a driveway...a very specific way for a four year old to die) and another foretold a workplace fire at a relative’s place of employment, which happened two days after I related the dream. Again, a very specific event that was conveyed in a somewhat symbolic, yet direct, dream.

The details, of course, are everything in these matters and the source of the “report” (myself in this case) is inevitably deemed by science to lack credibility because all reports are subjective. Nice catch 22 there—a facile dismissal of human reality and truth based on the “lack of experience” of the critic, as much as on the non-objective nature of a report.

Until you have direct, personal experience with dreams being more than just processing of ”reality” (which they definitely do do, by the way...just not exclusively so), then you are likely to reject a reality which is simply out of your own personal experience. Cheers.
 
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My brother had dreams for many years where he was being hunted by secret societies. Now, he has developed paranoid schizophrenia. But he has always been paranoid. He wouldn't agree but everyone else in the family did. It would not surprise me to find that how we experience the world through dreams reveals a less repressed response to a realish scenario.
 
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I agree wholeheartedly. Dreams are prophetic and I too have dreamed of events that happened in my future, not anyone's else's though. Thankful for that since obviously some of us have a greater reach and witness to tragic events.
 
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I do know a day or two before 911 I had a dream of a plane crashing in my yard. I heard a lot of people experienced these types of dreams before 911. So it is obvious that sometimes dreams can predict the future. Or atleast tap into the future of a really big event.
 
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My brother had dreams for many years where he was being hunted by secret societies. Now, he has developed paranoid schizophrenia. But he has always been paranoid. He wouldn't agree but everyone else in the family did. It would not surprise me to find that how we experience the world through dreams reveals a less repressed response to a realish scenario.
That is interesting. Which secret societies did he think was chasing him?
 
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My brother had dreams for many years where he was being hunted by secret societies. Now, he has developed paranoid schizophrenia. But he has always been paranoid. He wouldn't agree but everyone else in the family did. It would not surprise me to find that how we experience the world through dreams reveals a less repressed response to a realish scenario.
To be clear, prophetic dreams are rather rare, but are a reality and not just a misinterpretation of vague dream elements.

However, dreams can also clarify life dynamics that run below the surface that are repressed, or simply not clear to our waking consciousness, as you mentioned.

In one dream, for example, I saw a friend standing in shallow, slippery rapids. I tried to enter the water to offer her a helping hand back to shore, but she was blissfully “sowing” rock salt into the water in front of her and did not want my help. I almost slipped and fell myself and had to grab a railing on the shore to get back on solid ground.

On waking I recognized the symbolism in the dream: in real life this friend was ”sowing” discord, anxiety, and drama into her marriage and extended family life—effectively “poisoning” the relationship waters around her. I was both concerned and upset at her destructive behaviour, and was on the verge of approaching her to try to help.

The dream, however, made the underlying dynamic clear to me in a way that my conscious mind had not fully grasped: she did not want “rescuing” or help. She was content to sow discord into the watery stream of her life, even if it meant poisoning the ”waters” around and in front of her. She was too lost in her own ego—her “story” of how others were offending her, always against her, or unsupportive. She was not receptive to a helping hand, and any effort I made would only serve to make me lose my balance in the swift and slippery waters of her unhappiness. My efforts would be fruitless.

This dream allowed me to see more clearly the inter-personal dynamic of what was going on, and kept me psychologically safe from being swept into her ”stream of drama.” So, dreams are sometimes re-workings of life events, but they definitely can be symbolic and they definitely can reflect a “higher” wisdom—even if that wisdom is just a manifestation of our unconscious processing of events that we are too close to in waking life to “see” clearly.
 
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Wow. This article would make my ex lose her mind. The reams of drivel I had to endure about her dreams and what they mean or might mean on and on. 1, 2, 3 hours sometimes. It dawned on me that this is just another facet of narcissistic need to feel ever sooooo special. Whew. Anyhoo, this article refreshed my joy of exness. (y)
 
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Studies on dreams itself, most from MRI, show thoughts come from the subconscious. They are neurons which the subconscious creates a story.

 

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