What does our body want to say during the night? Sleep Researcher Brigitte Holzinger about dreams and their function.
The officer dreams of being wounded on the right under the belly. The next day, a man with acute appendicitis goes to the hospital. The woman dreams of a black ball. A little later the tumor is diagnosed. You know these anecdotes. But what's behind it? What dreams can I say about our health?
"It's hard to record scientifically so far," Dr. Dr. Brigitte Holzinger of the Institute for Mind and Research of Dreams. "There is a so-called body or suffering therapy in psychotherapy, which presupposes that the body actually sends signals, which happens almost unconsciously, before the dreamer knows something is wrong."
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Scientifically, this can be emphasized, but a sleeping and sleeping expert, but it does not yet affirm. However, what we know is that inner and outer stimuli shape our dreams. Who does not know that? Then the ringing alarm clock becomes a bell in the sleep.
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That would be the idea, the thesis behind it. But this is still the theme of the future for research. In psychotherapy, however, there is an approach: "Memory of sense of sleep". It's about listening and listening. The feelings that sleep drives, how to physically locate and enable associations that are related to everyday life. "Memory of Dreams of Dreams" should help people find out what dream is about.
There are people who dream to be persecuted. There are those who fall into sleep, vanished. Do such dreams have anything to do with stress?
That may be. It can be seen as an expression of a situation that is experienced as a stress in the widest sense. Such dreams are also often associated with purely physical processes during REM sleep. Getting up, for example, when you fall asleep – muscle twitching here, the body registers, then converts into a dream image.
If someone dreams of being persecuted, but can not escape because their legs are too big and they do not react, then hypothesis can be formulated: The body knows that the muscles at that time are so relaxed that they actually feel they can not move that fast. The body reports that it is not possible at that time.
What can repeating dreams tell us about us?
It is not easy to answer this question. Sleep is often not a way to decode dreams. I firmly believe that dream is some sort of stimulating process – from what we observe during the day or during dreaming. We are not totally excluded when we are sleeping. We are in a different mode of operation-some sounds are perceived. The probability of awakening when you hear something unusual is very large. There may be no dream that could be interpreted. We have just become curious and this curiosity is already part of the process that drives. San helps us find what we physically experience.
How much are such interpretations of images or symbolic dreams?
From a psychotherapeutic point of view it is very exciting and interesting. Just as dreaming speaks about the dream of a dreamer. A dreamer communicates when someone talks about his dream. In that sense, sleep as a means of communication from my point of view is very valuable. Because the dreamer also has the impression of something about himself, something very personal.
Are we therefore more sincere in our dreams?
Man has aspects more present than awake. These are topics that are currently occupied by someone. Here we are again with recurring dreams. If someone dreams of repeated math exams over and over again, but he knows that he has already completed them, it may be said that the sensory stimulus reflects a situation filled with anxiety. Secondary school graduation was then a challenge for one or the other – maybe you might dream in a situation where you have to do something. Some kind of memories: You did that then, you can do it today.
That means I'm preparing for …
There is an interesting thesis in the theory of evolution and the research of dreams: "Threat simulation theory". Threat situation hypothesis. That is, we dream of something to better match a certain theme the next day. Fear is a driving force behind the image of the dream. Such situations (such as mathematicas) are deeper in our system than those that did not have that much meaning.
"He can not do anything that he sensually remembered"
Speaking of recurring dreams: Many people are dreaming of losing a train, a concert, etc., And then they always get awake in panic.
That's right. My question is often, whether they also happen while they are awake. The answer is often the same: not at all. I'm always in time. And here – in the sense of "Theory of Threat Simulation" – it works very preventive. I'm playing the situation in my sleep, so it does not happen in awakening. Fear is therefore a motor of development and protection from the things we do not want.
Do we all dream?
How much science knows, we all have REM dream, so we all dream, yes.
Some people can not remember dreaming …
During sleep the body is transferred to regeneration and therefore we are in the way that "ego processes" are minimized. This has more to do with images than performance. The performance would be related to memory and this is a more awkward state. Imagine, everyone will remember all the dreams. If I'm just dreaming at REM stage, I have at least five dreams per night. If I had to remember that, then I would be in a busy state for a few hours. Similar to sensory overload. He can not do anything that he sensually remembered.
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