The Mystery Of Dreaming: 9 Theories Why We Dream What We Do

We all enjoy dreaming for the most part, as what they can project is a vision, a prediction of the future. More often the things we wish for in our life. A dream is the minds way of inner self communication and hope, at times a bit bizarre or symbolic.

Dreaming is described as an outlet for suppressed emotions, combined with a reflection of our personality.

Dreams can become dark and moody at times once we’re stressed out or exhausted.

This occurs once we’re attempting to cope with a difficult situation, than when our mind is calm.

Once we experience dreams, it’s usually to cope with inner turmoil, which at times are resolved with a good nights sleep. Thus, all we need is to sleep on it.

9. The Majority Of Dreams Are Forgotten

Our dreams are usually forgotten when first waking up in the morning, while not during the night when the dreaming is more vivid.

It’s thought the majority of dreams are completely forgotten in the first 5 minutes of waking, if remembered at all, as the anticipation of the busy day forges ahead.

What’s also thought is just 10% percent is retained in our memory, for future flashbacks.

8. Everyone Has Dreams

What’s thought is every one who sleeps, dreams. That all men, women, kids, pets, and every living creature is thought to have dreams.

The difference however, are the patterns of their dreams, along with exhibiting various reactions.

It’s found men for instance, has the tendency to dream about external activities, while women will dream about other people, and emotional issues.

7. Dreaming Prevents Psychosis

This is based on a recent study, where the foundation and reasons for dreaming was probed.

Test subjects were suddenly awakened at the initial stages of their dreaming, and were then allowed to complete their routine sleep.

What was found was difficulty maintaining their concentration and focus.

What they also exhibited were hallucinations and indications of possible psychosis, this within a 3-day period.

6. Most Dream Of Familiar Things

Although at times there are people, things, or locations which are completely unfamiliar.


What’s more common is most will dream of people, characters, and places they know, or have encountered previously.

What this results in is an endless array of individuals in your dreams who are familiar, as we’ve encountered hundreds of people in our lifetime, whether we know them or not.

5. Dreams Are Often In Vivid Color

What’s estimated is just 12% percent of our dreams are in black and white. So the majority is thought to be in full motion, sweeping panoramic color with all the sights and sounds.

In most cases, what people have is a fixed or consistent theme night after night, one they’re familiar with.

4. Dreams Aren’t What They Appear To Be

What dreams generally are is symbolic. So one needs to decipher, sense the message, analyze their dreams to extract their true meaning.

What the unconscious mind will tend to do is compare our dreams to something that’s completely different from what it truly or literally means.

It’s been described as a metaphoric symbolic representation of our thoughts.

3. Heavy Smokers Dream More Vividly

This is based on tests on individuals who’s been smoking ciggerettes for a while, smoked right before going to bed, or recently kicked the habit and possibly going through withdrawal symptoms.

They all claim to have intense more dramatic, and at times more frightening dreams.

For those who’s recently quit, oddly enough, what they dream of is they indulging in the habit of smoking.

2. Dreaming And External Stimuli

What this condition is defined as, is the process which is known as Dream Incorporation.

This is what we’ll experience in our dreams, this just after reacting from any type of external stimulus such as sound.

This can be incorporated in one way or the other, and then becomes a distinct element when we dream.

1. The Body Becomes Paralyzed While Sleeping

This is how we look like when we’re sleeping. Motionless, and most likely snoring, with the occasional twitching.

What most aren’t aware of is our body becomes momentarily paralyzed, this when one begins to fall asleep.

The most likely explanation for this is to prevent us from physically acting out our dreams, which reduces the possibility of injuring ourselves.