Friday, September 30

Oneiro

Is there any logic behind dreams? What do dreams signify? Do dreams depict what I want the most? Or are they just related to my day-to-day happenings? How do I interpret my dreams?

For me dreams have been a combination of logic less, pertaining to my day-to-day happenings and sometimes it has been what I want the most. Two days back, I dreamed I am buying a house, a very nice house for just 4 lacs (this is one of the wild dreams people dream about where they get a palace at dirt-cheap price). But the weird part was that I calculated the amount I'd have to pay every month for the next 2 years, down to the second decimal point! When I woke up and checked my calculation, it was perfect! No mistakes... I researched a bit about dreams and found this
"As such, our dreams should be able to give us useful insights into how to solve problems. In this theory, a recurring dream is an example of an unsolved problem."
This is just one of the many theories I came across, but it definitely explains why I used to solve Crosswords in my dream, or how come I solved a nasty Physics question from Irodov in my sleep which had bugged me for 3-4 days. But this theory still does not explain why I bought a house in my dream...

Another theory is "wish fulfillment" given by Sigmund Freud. This still does not explain why I bought a house, although it explains the dream I had last night... And then there is another line of thought, according to which "we dream to forget". Nah, I don't like this theory. Some of my dreams have been anything but forgettable.

Also I came across Lucid Dreaming, which is being aware in a dream that one is dreaming. There are techniques to induce this, including severe sleep deprivation. I had experienced this once, I realized I was dreaming and I woke up. That act was anything but lucid, if people can fly in their lucid dreams, I could also have done something. Anyways I missed that, and I am not depriving myself of my precious sleep just to experience some silly dream.

Enough of dreams, I am off to my favorite time pass - Day Dreaming, it is so much better then normal dreams, at least I know the logic!

11 Comments:

Blogger Sreejith said...

My theory - Everyone has dreams.. its just that we can either remember them or we cant.
If u can remember the dream ur worrying too much.
If u cant remember your dream it means that you have slept blissfully and you dont seem to have any worries. Be thankful for that :)

10:19 AM  
Blogger sandeep said...

dont think so much ... just dream...or better just sleep...:D :D

2:56 PM  
Blogger Raji said...

good calculations ;)
need analysis kunal?
goto hyperdictionary.com and enter the keywords n tehre u go....today i was drenching in rain...

8:29 PM  
Blogger Kunal said...

@sreejith:
dude go and read up on REM. you have just explained that whole thing in a nutshell. you could well be in oneirology.. :)

@sandeep:
Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz Nothing beats sleeping :D

@raji:
thanks, it seems my maths is good

12:47 AM  
Blogger Sreejith said...

Whats this REM?? the only REM i've heard of is the great rock band REM. remember "Losing my Religion"? :) post a few links abt it na.

8:33 AM  
Anonymous kunal said...

Sreejith, some links here:
On dreams

On REM

On Lucid Dreaming

And yeah 'Losing my Religion' still rocks.. :)

11:21 AM  
Blogger Nirnimesh said...

One school of thought is that dreams actually are indicative of future. I belive it because it happend to me -- I saw someone in my dream about an year before I actually met that person in real life.

Another theory says that you dream more when you are disturbed. Dreams are indicative of restlessness. Sound sleep doesn't comprise of dreams.

4:43 AM  
Anonymous kunal said...

@nirnimesh
well dreams being indicative of future, i do not believe in that.
and dreaming is not indicative of restlessness, remembering them is a sign of that. everyone has dreams, but we remember them only when our sleep is disturbed. if one wakes up naturally generally dreams are not remembered.

3:59 AM  
Blogger Utkarsh Khare said...

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And ask rocky/syantika/maddy/ranta/parry/
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12:47 AM  
Blogger Kunal said...

@utkarsh
Yes sir!

2:16 AM  
Anonymous lucid dream said...

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7:59 PM  

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