So, it's safe to say that the majority of us have seen the move Inception and afterwards were all left with a severe sense of wonder about the state of mind we were in. Is this a dream, or real life? No worries, as far as I know, this is real life, and none of us are in danger of having an idea planted into our heads.
The idea of dreams has always been something that intrigues me and in Chapter 5 of our textbook, dreams and their purpose and origin are dissected. Sigmund Freud contributed to the study of dreams greatly with his theory of dreams as the protectors of sleep. There were several ancient ideas of what the purpose of dreams was and Freud decided to follow the concepts presented by the Native Americans. Their belief was that dreams were expressions of our hidden wishes and desires. I have always had similar thoughts on the purpose of dreams and where they come from. My ideas have stemmed from an insanely cliche, and sappy statement, "a dream is a wish your heart makes." Which was told to me by a close friend. I have always thought of dreams as a way for your manifested feelings and desires to be explored. Freud discusses the meaning behind what we dream about as well with what he calls Manifest Content, and Latent Content. These terms are used to describe the difference between the details of the dream itself (manifest content) and its true, hidden meaning (latent content). We've all had dreams that afterwards, cause us to contemplate the meaning behind the dream and what our brain/subconscious was trying to tell us the night before.
We all wonder about our dreams. What they do, where they come from, and why we have them. Some of us try to find a positive meaning behind even our most insignificant dreams. But most importantly...we all just hope that we arent going to have one of those terrifying dreams where you are trying to run away from something but you cant get your legs to move.
Sweet dreams everyone! :)