Are Dreams Really A Mystery Essay Research

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Are Dreams Really A Mystery Essay, Research Paper Are Dreams Really a Mystery In the middle of the night, I was taking a walk through the woods. I could hear owls hooting and animals scattering under leaves. From the vague sound of water trickling over rocks, I knew my destination was coming soon. As I was walking, the heel of my foot got wedged between a stump and a rock. I started to sway and my heart stopped. Slowly I could feel my body fall towards the ground. Not knowing when I would fall, where I would land, what I would fall on or what might fall on me, made my heart start racing. My body shook and I opened my eyes. I looked around and noticed I was lying in my bed underneath my warm blanket. I had just had a dream but I am now safe in my bed. My heart settled down,

with a sigh of relief, then I laid back down. Almost everyone has had a similar dream as mine, feeling as if you were falling, then awoke. Dreams are caused by your sleeping habits and events that occur throughout your life which you may not be consciously aware of. Your reaction to these happenings may affect the way your brain functions, also affecting your sleeping cycles. This is the reason why some dreams occur and the mood the dreams appear as. Can dreams mean something to you? Will they help you handle situations you are involved in? How can dreams show a series of events that you may come into contact with? Some of these questions, including many more, people will think about but mysteriously may never be answered. Through research, dreams are not as mysterious as you may

believe. Your brain is made up of two hemispheres. The left sided hemisphere is more dominant than the right side. The left side of your brain organizes your actions, reactions, and experiences in a logically, Owens 2 linearly manor. This order of time and space appears in an ?expressible language?. The dominant side controls your ?waking life? or reality. While dreaming, it is hypothesized or guessed that the right, nondominant side, comes to life, therefore now becoming the dominant side. Our creative/empathic side is then released into a dream. We experience this at more of a ?feeling level? than a cause and effect or a time and space level. We learn skills from the two and become dependent to manage the two different worlds. Dreams are the products of an unconscious mind. The

controlling parts of your mind, your conscious, becomes relaxed and all your thoughts and feelings get stored up, in your unconscious mind. It obeys its own logic and describes things in its own way. Word pictures are used as a chain of connections. This is why in dreams people do impossible things or shift quickly from scene to scene. Dreams are often unusually vivid in their mood or in what you see. Sometimes the feelings produced from dreams are so strong that they affect the dreamer?s mood for the next day. This is known as, ?waking up on the wrong side of the bed?. Many people wonder what dreams are for. The unconscious mind has a method of straightening out experiences. While the conscious part of the mind is in active, the unconscious or your subconscious, will find new

facts, situations, worries, fears, desires, and more. All of this new information draws up emotions of your mind and memory. Visual and emotional images of these feelings are shown to you in a dream. For example, you may have a certain problem in which you are thinking about, but consciously putting it aside. This problem goes into your unconscious, and more than likely, will appear to you in a dream. Owens 3 Sometimes dreams can offer possible solutions to your problem and advise you in different directions. Modern understandings of the nature of sleeping began over forty years ago. In 1952 a researcher noticed sometime during a period of sleep, eyes of the sleeper were seen moving all around their closed eyelids as if watching moving objects. These motions are called ?rapid eye