Dream Interpretation And Types Of Dreams
Dream researchers have discovered several different classes of dreams, and these dream categories are very useful for people who are trying to interpret their own dreams and for professional psychologists and therapists who want to interpret the dreams of others. In this article, we discuss these categories of dreams.
Dream #1 – the Daydream
While this is not technically a dream, as it occurs during waking, researchers are finding out where daydreams fall in the dream spectrum and what it can teach us about more traditional dreams. It is estimated that most people spend between 70 and 120 minutes each day dreaming.
Dream #2 – the Lucid Dream
Clear dreams are one of the most fascinating topics in all dream research. Lucid dreaming occurs when the dreamer realizes that he is dreaming while still immersed in the dream. Clear dreams happen the moment you say to yourself: "This is just a dream." The occurrence of lucid dreams varies greatly from person to person. Some people report that they have never had lucid dreams, others report that almost 100% have lucid dreams.
Dream #3 – the Nightmare
Many people suffer from horrendous and disturbing dreams, often referred to as nightmares. Toddlers, in particular, suffer from fear of monsters in their closets or under their beds, as well as other forms of nightmares. Of course, nightmares are not limited to childhood, and many adults, especially those who suffer from real life trauma, are particularly vulnerable to nightmares. People who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), such as soldiers returning from war and rescue workers who have experienced horrific circumstances, report more nightmares than the general population.
Dream #4 – the Recurring Dream
Most people have repeatedly dreamed at some point in their lives. Dreams repeat with little or no change. Repeated dreams can be on any subject, and they focus on that subject every night. Some repetitive dreams are positive and uplifting, but research shows that most repetitive dreams are inherently negative. Dreams can recur in this way because the actual event that caused them is not resolved.
Dream #5 – the Healing Dream
Healing dreams are often seen as a message to dreamers about his or her health. Healing dreams often drive dreamers to travel long delays to dentists and doctors.
Dream #6 – the Prophetic Dream
Predictions are also known as nightmares, and people who experience these dreams often report the ability to use them to predict the future. Independent study of these types of dreams is rare, and the jury continues to decide whether this ability to see the future exists. A non-supernatural explanation for dreaming is that the subconscious mind retains pieces of information throughout the day and then holds them together in a way that makes sense to the dreamer.
Dream #7 – the Epic Dreams
Epic dreams are a bit rare, but unforgettable for those who experience them. Epic dreams are so vivid and compelling that they simply cannot be ignored. The smallest details of these dreams are often remembered for many years. These epic dreams can have many symbols and meanings for the dreamer.
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