Why people dream is one of the oldest questions ever. There have been many theories about their nature and purpose. Are they messages from the subconscious? Or simply meaningless firing of neurons in the brain? What do dreams mean, anyway?
So, we invited Anshuma Kshetrapal, Drama and Movement Psychotherapist, to host an Ask Me Anything session on Girl Tribe By MissMalini and answer some of the most common questions we have about dreams. What are dreams, why do we dream, how long do dreams really last, is there any meaning to dreams, what are your dreams trying to tell you, what are lucid dreams, what are nightmares, what are the common dream disorders—Anshuma answered these questions. Scroll down to read all about it!
Disclaimer: Please note that the scope of this medium of communication does not permit for any diagnosis or exact interpretation. For those reasons, please visit Anshuma or any other therapist specialising in psychoanalysis as it takes much more detailed and in-depth work to be able to explore individual meanings of dreams and or offer any diagnosis on sleep or dream disorders.
Dreams are information from our unconscious mind. To dream better, we need to practice good sleep hygiene. You can look up techniques like lucid dreaming and active imagination as well. I personally maintain a dream journal and it is a great way to keep track of what the unconscious mind may be wanting to communicate.
It is simply the awareness of being in a dream state and then allowing the state to continue, consciously. It takes practice to start catching ourselves in that situation and then changing the outcome of our dreams. This way our minds become more accessible. It can mostly happen in the early hours of the day when you wake up, yet allow a dreamlike state to continue. Just like meditation and any other psychological skill, it can be learnt.
Daydreaming is our way of capturing our intangible emotions, metaphors that can help us understand our mind better than words can. But when anything starts hampering our daily functioning, we call it ‘maladaptive’. So, daydreaming is encouraged absolutely, but if you ignore your tasks and procrastinate in your life to participate in daydreaming then that is where the problem begins. Otherwise, enjoy those little mind vacations!
As a therapist, I encourage all my clients to examine their culture and belief systems for things that they like and give them support. As such there is no scientific explanation for dream catchers but if it helps you to believe and dream better, then more power to you. The mind acts on our faith and if this cultural talisman is helping you then catch those bad dreams away!
The quality of our dreams is reflective of both mental and physical factors related to our sleep.
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