Dream Interpretation Essay

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Dreams have been around since time began. The reason why they occur, even today, is a mystery. Debates have surrounded about whether dreams are meaningless or important. Since early history, people have recounted their dreams believing they were secret codes or messages. (Young) In Truman Capote’s novel In Cold Blood Perry, one of the killers, dreamed that he was saved by a bird that took him to a new place described as “paradise.” (Capote 93) Though the dreams made Perry feel superior, the meaning of his dream is fascinating but still a mystery. Dream interpretation has brought insight and knowledge to what a person’s subconscious can uphold. Experts have sought to explain what dreams actually contain. Although dream interpretation is …show more content…
For those who don’t understand how people pop up in dreams but they have never seen them before have actually seen them in a passing and their subconscious brings them out in dreams - another fascinating thing to study about dreams. Dreams are unexplainable and that’s why some are willing to find out if what they dream about means something more than what it appears. Dreams can be used to strengthen memories, like in non-REM dreams, or store them for comparison of old experiences with new like in REM dreams. Some believe that both types of dreams are beneficial to a person’s life. REM dreaming draws more emotions with more aggression and unknown characters while non-REM dreams more likely involve friendly encounters with more known, familiar characters. With all this research some question whether research tarnish dreams but researchers’ fight back saying that “peering and prodding do not take away the magic.” (Young)
There are others, however, who disagree that dreams are helpful for a person’s mindset. Matt Walker from the University of California, Berkeley found “sleep acting as an emotional homeostasis” to strengthen negative emotional memories during REM sleep. Along with Matt Walker, Jan Born from the University of Lübeck in Germany believe dreams don’t have meaning and there is not much of a connection to everyday life that most researchers claim. Born argues that dreams