Monday, May 22, 2017

Brain and Dreaming

As pointed out by Psychology Today, why we dream is still one of the behavioral sciences' greatest unanswered questions. Researchers have offered many theories—memory consolidation, emotional regulation, threat simulation—but consensus does not exist. Researchers say that the brain paralyzes the body during dreaming so it cannot physically respond. Dreams seem unreal only when we awake and a different system of belief—and reality—take over. Ilana Simons PhD has pointed out several theories for dreaming:

  • To practice responses to threatening situations
  • To create wisdom
  • To ‘defragment’ your brain’s hard drive
  • To engage in some psychotherapy

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