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Why Do We Dream? To Ease Painful Memories


Science & Tech  (tags: study, Why, Do, We, Dream?, To Ease, Painful, Memories )

Agnes
- 866 days ago - news.nationalgeographic.com
Dreaming may act like a type of overnight therapy, taking the edge off painful memories, a new study says. In a recent experiment, brain scans of people who viewed emotionally provocative pictures and then went to sleep showed that the part of the brain



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Rhonda Maness (602)
Sunday December 4, 2011, 8:24 pm
Thanks Agnes
 

Wioletta S. (69)
Sunday December 4, 2011, 11:07 pm
Thank you
 

Val R. (208)
Monday December 5, 2011, 7:17 am
Interesting article Agnes - thanks.
 

Irma Paulme (97)
Monday December 5, 2011, 7:33 am
Recent findings on sleep are indeed interesting. Well, for one, sleep is rejuvenating lack of which makes one feel groggy. Thanks Agnes.
 

Carol H. (229)
Monday December 5, 2011, 11:35 am
noted, thanks Agnes
 

Brenda Towers (0)
Monday December 5, 2011, 11:41 am
Noted. Thankyou.
 

Frank S. (435)
Monday December 5, 2011, 12:31 pm
While sleep, is indeed very important to recharging and maintaining our health and emotional wellbeing. I don't think these guys know a lot about dreaming. For example, what if after you break up with someone, you dream you are happy and in love with them only to wake up and sense the immense sadness of the breakup? Or a loved one dies and you see them sad and suffering in a dream, how would you feel upon awakening? The true purpose of dreaming has been lost over time due to advances in technology and also neglect. I further believe it was, and still is an intuitive communications channel. Meant mainly, to serve as a conduit for inspiration, guidance, and sometimes even prophecy to help humanity evolve. But just as a pipe can be used for sending and receiving clean drinking water, it can also be used for sending or receiving sewage. These days, the channel is very impure for communications purposes, because of all the programming noise we are exposed to daily!
 

TERRY R. (281)
Monday December 5, 2011, 12:35 pm
GOOD.
 

Wendye Kolles (58)
Monday December 5, 2011, 12:38 pm
Thanks very much.
 

Svetlana B. (19)
Monday December 5, 2011, 1:12 pm
Thank you
 

androniki koutsoureli (49)
Monday December 5, 2011, 1:53 pm
dreaming IS healing...we greeks had even made up a "dream-god" ...Asclepius was his name... http://www.selfgrowth.com/articles/kousiounis1.html
thank you A.
 

Debbie G. (317)
Monday December 5, 2011, 2:30 pm
Very interesting. Thanks Agnes
 

Freya H. (287)
Monday December 5, 2011, 3:12 pm
I would not be surprised if this is at least partly true. There is a persistent myth that a married couple, or lovers, should never go to bed mad. From what I read, sleeping on it often works better than staying up and fighting.
 

monka blanke (74)
Monday December 5, 2011, 5:16 pm
Life is like a big dream. When you're trained, you can influence your dreams. Meditation works as well in order to find your inner self.
 

Jo Asprec (0)
Monday December 5, 2011, 6:47 pm
Thanks for the information. Looking forward to further studies.
 

Kamakshi Ramaswamy (4)
Monday December 5, 2011, 8:04 pm
Noted.Thank you.
 

Sue Matheson (62)
Monday December 5, 2011, 8:24 pm
thanks
 

Gloria H. (88)
Monday December 5, 2011, 9:18 pm
animals dream too, are they making up for their human being late opening the pet food can? Tramatic, yet seems to be forgivable.
 

Past Member (0)
Monday December 5, 2011, 9:45 pm
I have worked out both problems and relationships in night dreams.

When the body sleeps, the soul is no longer bound.
 

Anna Borsey (66)
Tuesday December 6, 2011, 4:01 am
We sleep not just in order to "sort through and work through" various emotional issues but also for physiological reasons. The body gets a chance to repair damaged tissue and fight various infections while we sleep and are at rest.

I agree with Frank S. that we are exposed to FAR TOO MUCH noise of different kinds all day long in our modern, Western world. It is a most worrying trend that a great many people nowadays are unable to stand silence, because then they would have to pay attention to their own thoughts and emotions. They blot out any chance of their own mind making itself heard by either being constantly chattering about inane trivia on their mobile phones, or texting or reading SMSs, or listening to "music" piped directly into their ears through ear phones. At home, they have the TV on all the time, while possibly also playing computer games. It is now virtually IMPOSSIBLE to find a shop - ANY kind of shop - or a cafeŽ or restaurant, bar or pub, which is NOT playing loud, intrusive "music" constantly. At my GP's (Doctor) surgery, they play piped music in the waiting rooms, and also at the hospital, ditto my dentist's waiting room.
It is now almost IMPOSSIBLE to actually hear your own thoughts!
 

KS Goh (0)
Tuesday December 6, 2011, 4:45 am
Thanks for the article.
 

Carol Dreeszen (368)
Tuesday December 6, 2011, 7:17 am
Very interesting Agnes!! Thanks!!
 

Barbara Goheen (0)
Tuesday December 6, 2011, 11:07 am
Thank you
 

Holly Lawrence (473)
Tuesday December 6, 2011, 4:27 pm
Thank You ..interesting:)
 

Caitlin G. (29)
Tuesday December 6, 2011, 6:19 pm
Interesting! I learned something. :)
 

Janice P. (5)
Tuesday December 6, 2011, 7:07 pm
Interesting. But none of this seems to apply to or work for me since I don't feel rested from sleep, and this doesn't explain nightmarish dreams when there haven't been any difficult waking events for a long time.
 

Jennifer C. (172)
Thursday December 8, 2011, 12:40 am
Thanks for this article.
 

Agnes N. (738)
Friday December 9, 2011, 4:30 am
thanks to all dear care2 friends for noted and comment
about dreams..what I know in my view...
while sleep ...to edit and setting
 
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