Dream Project

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Dream Project Background information (Information during the week of 12th-18th of March) Amount of sleep during the week Monday 5 hours 1a.m-6a.m.

Tuesday 7 hours 12a.m-7a.m.

Wednesday 7 12a.m-7a.m.

Thursday 7 hours 12a.m-7a.m.

Friday 5 hours 3a.m-8a.m.

Saturday 4 ½ hours 4a.m-8:30a.m.

Sunday 7 hours 12a.m. -7a.m.

Major events that might have affected my dream I talked to my parents about them letting me go to Lake Geneva I watched a movie late that night, about teenagers having fun on a boat I got lost coming home from a restaurant, that evening It started snowing really bad that night Major concerns/Stress level Being able to go to Lake Geneva A test that I had to take A verbal fight that I was in with a couple of friends Health I was just getting over a flu that turned into a very bad sinus infection I had started working out again for a couple of days I changed my diet; eating more healthy Last thing that was on my mind What I was going to do on the weekend Interpretation (dream) My Dream My dream began with me being up in Lake Geneva, I do not know how I got up there, my dream just started with me being up there.

All my friends were up there, there were about 18 of us. We were deciding what we were going to do that day. Everyone voiced their opinion about what they really wanted and did not want to do. We all agreed that we would go to the greyhound race track and then once we got back we would go rent a pontoon boat and a couple of wave-runners and have fun for the rest of the day. We went to the racetrack and we got lost and ended up driving the wrong way to Lake Delavan and the same song was on the whole time in the car. We finally reached our destination of the racetrack. Many of our group lost around twenty dollars, but one of my friends as well as myself won over 200 dollars. We where done there and drove back to our cabin to get ready for the rest of the day on the boat and wave-runners. We where on the boat and decided to stop for food. Some of went and got food and the others just stayed on the boat. When my friends and I came out of the restaurant the boat was not there and it was snowing out. So we went back inside that restaurant and stayed there for awhile (this part of the dream is blurry). So then our friends come back, but now they our in this huge bus. They said that the currents pulled them out of the spot where they were, and they ended up drifting into the middle of the lake, until someone helped them. For the trouble they got a free bus for the weekend. Then we all drove back in the bus, and got to our cabins, and it was close to night now. My friend, he was setting up a fire (this is where my dream ends and I woke up to my alarm clock).

The major themes that I remember are driving around and getting lost. The symbols or characters that were in my dream are my friends. I think that the dream was associated with confusion, excitement, and getting lost. The outside stimuli that might have affected my dream might have been my c.d. player because I had the same c.d. play the whole night and also what I was watching before I fell asleep. This was the first time I had a dream like this one, but after I dreamt about Lake Geneva I had a similar dream but the next time we were in some foreign place but we had similar problems. The dream for the most part was vivid I was able to remember things in chronological order very easily, until the end of the dream when we came out of the restaurant the dream started getting blurry. With using a source that interprets dreams I found: Automobiles Vehicles that you ride in usually reflect two things; the direction you are heading in life, and your body. (the thing you travel or "ride" through life in) This might vary if you are a mechanic or designer of vehicles. Unusually over exposure to a specific vehicle type may easily change the meaning. The condition of the vehicle might give you an idea of your health. Driving an old beat up car down a muddy road on a stormy night would be considered a pretty bad dream! I agree with what an automobile means Boat The boat is a dream symbol for your life and/or business, and the dreamer must pull together all the aspects of this dream to approximate the meaning, such as: the water, whether it is clear, murky, inland lakes, or oceans, was the boat moving, etc., so look up all the dream symbols you can remember and you should be able to glean the sense of your dream. Don't forget to consider idioms; don't rock the boat, we are all in the same boat, and so on.

Bus I you are riding on a bus, you will soon win through to capture your love.

I am indifferent to this one Disappearing If you see people or things disappearing before your very eyes, this is a dream that is pointing up your insecurities and concern about the important people, conditions, situations, or people that might disappear from your life. This anxiety dream and shows that you need to work on you self image through building your self worth.

Gambling This is the type of dream that is usually taken to mean the opposite unless you are one of the rare people who dream true. To dream of winning at games of chance portends many losses.

I agree Lost If you have a dream involving a loss of any kind, this is an ill omen and it is telling you to guard your possessions and finances well, as there is a distinct chance of loss to you. If you find a lost article you will have some good fortune come your way.

I agree Money If you dream of losing money you will find unhappiness in your home and future prospects will appear slim. If your dream is of finding money, you will have much happiness in your domestic affairs. If you dream of looking at money it shows that you will have an opportunity to reach your goals and increase your income. If you steal the money, your finances are in danger I agree Music If your dream of music is of soothing, beautiful, music that uplifts your spirit then you will have some wonderful luck in every matter that is of concern to you while the raucous, unpleasant type of music brings discord to all your activities Snow To dream of snow in all its forms, on trees, storms, etc., is a dream of very good omen which shows you will have success in business or investments, but if you should eat the snow this will presage a long period of sadness for the dreamer.

I disagree Analysis: compare and contrast Freud's view on dreams Freud called the interpretation of dreams the 'Royal road' to the discovery of the unconscious along which everyone can travel to discover the truth of unconscious processes for themselves.

(1) Dreams are the fulfillment of a wish We say 'I can only dream of such a thing' to describe something we really yearn for but are unable to have, and we all recognize that in our dreams we often make the world a better place for ourselves where our wishes are fulfilled. In this sense dreams, in Freud's view, have much in common with daydreams, or stories in which the hero or heroine win out in the end and achieve their heart's desire.

(2) Dreams are the disguised fulfillment of a wish In Freud's case he calls the system of transformations which connect up the two levels the dream-work. That is to say the dream-work is the mechanism which takes the 'raw material' of the 'dream-thoughts' and combines it all together into a dream.

3) Dreams are the disguised fulfillment of a repressed wish.

Freud considers both the motive for the dream (which he insists is an unconscious 'wish'), and the motive for the distortion of dreams. If dreams are disguised Freud argues it must be that the 'wish' is not apparent or manifest in the dream. The wish is hidden from the conscious appreciation of the dream - it is repressed.

4) Dreams are the disguised fulfillment of a repressed infantile wish.

We know from experience that dreams refer to events in the recent past. All of us have had a dream, which contains elements from things that happened to us the previous day. Therefore Freud says that dreams have two sources for their construction - happenings in the present (the day's residues of the previous day - little upsets or unfulfilled wishes that we have not been able to deal with from the previous day), and happenings from the distant past (wishes from childhood that have become repressed).

Allan Hobson's "activation-synthesis" theory According to this theory dreams are a subjective interpretation of the results of brain activation during sleep. Dreaming occurs as a result of brain activity, altered brain states and neurochemical changes that occur during dreaming.The only problem is that you can relate this to any mental state. Anger occurs as a result of brain activity, altered brain states and neurochemical changes that occur during anger. Hobson seems to be certain that if he can show dreaming results from altered neurochemistry, then the content of dreams is not of any great significance. He suggests that there may be no possibility of explaining why a dream has one plot or another plot. He implicitly rejects the possibility that there might exist a creative force deliberately constructing the plot.

To work unsolved problems; which can affect your dreams Transfer of short term memory to long term memory