Term Paper - Dreams

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THE SIGNIFICANCE OF DREAMS
Thesis: The occurrence of dreams is associated with our memories and experiences which can help us find out more about ourselves.
I. Introduction A. Definition of Dreams……………………………………………………….1 B. The Cause of Dreams……………………………………………………...2
II. Body A. Dream Associations 1. Dreams and Memories……………………………………….……2 2. Dreams and Ourselves………………………………………….....3 B. Dream Theories 1. Robert’s Theory……………………………………………….……3 2. Yves Delage’s Theory……………………………………….…….4 C. Typical Dreams 1. Dreams of the Death of Beloved Persons………………….…...6 2. Dreams of Falling in Terror and when One Flies with A Feeling of Ease………………………………………….…………7 3. Dreams of Nakedness…………………………………….……….7 4. Dreams of
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In particular, studies of theta rhythm in sub primate animals have provided an evolutionary clue to the meaning of dreams. They appear to be the nightly record of a basic mammalian memory process: the means by which animal form strategies for survival and evaluate current experiences in light of those strategies. The existence of this process may explain the meaning of dreams in human beings (Winston, 1989). For humans, it could be that our innermost thought transpose
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into our dreams. "When we’re awake, we have to concentrate on being a rational, self-aware, and an accepting member of society. Asleep, our brain reaches into the memory files for image information and experience, weaving these into a story" (Kopecky, 1995). Every generation has to learn from their mistakes which are stored in memories. To know what we’ve done in the past is important, which makes memory so valuable to us. A memory is where a dream begins, which is why dreams can be so valuable to us. Dreams are sophisticated, powerful, primal works of art created by your inner healer and artist: the unconscious. Your hidden artist weaves past, present and future into intricate and bizarre patterns that on the surface may seem to make no sense, and yet are strangely compelling. From its unlimited palette of

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