10 Most Interesting Theories That Explain Why People Dream

9. The theory of natural selection for thoughts – Mark Blechner

The idea of solving problems through dreams is similar to the so-called theory of natural selection for thoughts developed by psychologist Mark Blechnerom. Here is how he describes dreaming:

Most Interesting Theories That Explain Why People Dream“Dreaming is a stream of random images, some of which the brain selects and saves to use in the future. Dreams are composed of many variants of feelings, emotions, thoughts, and some other higher mental functions, some of which undergo some kind of natural selection and are deposited in the memory.”

Psychologist Richard Coates, in turn, is convinced that during sleep, the brain simulates various situations to choose the most appropriate emotional responses. That’s why in the morning, people usually do not worry about the anxiety and horror stories experienced in a dream, the brain makes it clear that this way it is just a “rehearsal”.
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10. Alleviating negative feelings through symbolic associations – Ernest Hartmann

Proponents of this theory believe that dreaming is not a stream of random images or simulation of various emotional reactions, but rather a therapy session.

One of the founders of the so-called Modern theory of dreams, a psychiatrist and researcher of the nature of dreams Ernest Hartmann writes:

“If a person has a prevailing and vivid emotion, this person’s dreams are simple, if not primitive. For example, some survivors of psychological trauma often recall dreaming about something like: “I was lying on the beach, and suddenly a huge wave washed me away”. This is a fairly common event when an individual does not dream about a specific event, but some homogenous emotion, such as fear. If a person who falls asleep is perturbed by several things at once, dreams would have a more complex structure. The higher the emotional state of a particular person, the brighter the experienced dreams will become”.

Hartmann believes that dreams are an evolutionary mechanism by which the brain counterbalances negative effects of psychological trauma, presenting them to the person during dreaming in the form of symbols and associative images.
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Source | Learning-Mind

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