A Psychology Essay on Dreams

Essay by pSionideHigh School, 12th grade December 1996

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Since the dawn of mankind, man has been searching for the

answer to just one question: Why do we dream? I believe

strongly that the reason is not clear-cut and as easy to answer

as it might seem. I think that dreams range in meaning and


When someone has a dream, there are many possible

types of dreams they could have. First of these possibilities is

for a dream that involves absolutely no meaning whatsoever.

The dream is meaningless and involves a chain or series of

events that are unrelated to one another and may be of people

or places familiar or not. These dreams are most likely created

because of the flash and mixture of chemicals that occurs

during sleep. Many times these dreams are actually so bazaar

that they have no meaning even to the dreamer. So these

dreams are mostly just passed over and ignored.

The second type of dream is one in which the dreamer

can comprehend everything that is going on but things seem to

have no meaning as before.

But in some of these dreams,

there are symbols that come into play. When you look at these

dreams sometimes they can represent real life events. Often

these are predictions about what could happen in the future or

are an interpretation of things that have passed. These, like

almost all other dreams have significance as a result of bodily

rejuvenation processes. This type of dream has a significance I

believe in helping the person have the feeling of a good sleep,

where things have, if not in some bazaar way, been resolved.

The third type of dream is one which makes great and

perfect sense to the dreamer but doesn't have any real

meaning. An example of this is dreaming that you are flying.