Dream a fascination for everyone, both scientists, and ordinary people. But what is a dream? Why do we dream?

The dream is the succession of ideas, emotions images, and sensations which mostly occur involuntarily in one’s mind during at some stage of sleep. The purpose of dreaming isn’t completely known though they have been issues of scientific, philosophical even religious interest through recorded history. Though science hasn’t got the full explanation of dream; scientists to say that dreaming is a symbolic language for communicating your inner perception to you when you are not fully conscious. The part of your subconscious mind that processes dreams send many messages as symbols and images which we have named dreaming. But there are many debates, why do we Dream? Among everyone’s opinions, five things are most common; they are compensation, coping mechanism, information processing and memory, resolution and wish fulfillment.


Some people dream of breathing underwater and having fun or having cool superpowers. These kinds of dreams aren’t that metaphysical as you’re now thinking. Famous psychologist Carl Gustavo Jung said that even our most fanciful dreams are the methods of compensation for those things that happen in our waking life, for instance, if a person is experiencing unhappiness in their waking life, he may have dreams full of joy as compensation. It happens so his sprites won’t tumble in to fully despair. And a person who is very successful may have dreams of failure and defeat for compensating feeling of invincibility and powers. Carl Jung also said that our underdeveloped personalities may also reflect on our dreams.

Coping Mechanism

While you are in a stressful situation, you might have markedly different dreams which sometimes can reflect the inner feelings of you. The dreams are trying to establish relevance as an effort to cope with the inner turmoil of you’re by displaying several significant symbols and issues related to your waking life.

Ernest Hartmann, a psychiatry professor claims that dreams are controlled by certain emotions, such as worry and stress. Changing emotions affect your dreams causing the new material to continuously dodge into the memory of a person in such way’s that will help the person coping with stress trauma and many psychobiological anxieties.

Information Processing and Memory

Many types of research claim that sleep is basic to a well functioning mind and memory. And some say that the key to memory consolidation lies not within few hours of rest but lies in the dreams. Most of the dreams are based on recent events that one experiences. For example, if you have seen an accident or something. That kind of dreams probably your brain is processing and organizing both the conscious and unconscious stimuli, it receives all over the day. And when all the daily memories have been stored, your brain gets a chance way to refresh itself and dreams are the brain’s way to reboot the system.


If you are perplexed over a certainly puzzling problem, the last thing you’ll want to do is lose sleep over it, you might want more, truly. Till now, we already know all the positive effects of dreams and sleep on memory but dreams of is also helpful for tackling everyday conundrum in one’s life. When one is facing obstacles, the person generally pulls on the performance information he already knows, the memories to get the solution. It is also a reason dream is so special because it helps in to organize and to consolidate memories making it easier to access when we need something to solve a problem. Scientists also suggest that when we sleep, our brain continue to process issues of anxiety, worry, trouble etc. in our waking lives and continuously attempt to come up with solutions. So, if you’re worried about help you with the solution.

Wish fulfillment

Do you know that most of the dream involves you? Well, that’s not a Problem; dreams are naturally self-centered because they usually reflect one of your deep desires. Also, dreams are the direct consequence of restrained emotions and they may represent unconscious wishes, thoughts or desires. Your subconscious mind can reveal those wishes through your dream that your conscious mind has learned to suppress. Perhaps your dream of flying a chocolaty plane isn’t that foolish. It is probably your subconscious desire to be the air race champion sponsored by some chocolate factory.

There are still many unknown things about dreams that we have yet to discover. What we know is a little truth and rest of it is theory based on that. Perhaps in the future, we can find out more about dream also who can say? We would be able to control them! Let’s see in the future.

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