5 Myths And Facts About Dreams

 

Dreams have long been a subject that has been debated and discussed, with much of that surrounding what causes us to dream and why. There are very few concrete answers to be found when it comes to the dream world, but there is certainly plenty of conjecture. It has gotten to the point where it’s hard to tell of what we believe to know about dreams is actually based in fact, or if it’s just some old wives tales that has been repeated so often as now to be taken as fact. Let’s take a look at some of the more popular dream theories and see if they are a fact, a myth, or perhaps a combination of both.

 

black and white dreams

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1. We only dream in black and white – This isn’t really a discussion you hear about much anymore, but that doesn’t make it any less relevant when it comes to talking about dreams. It actually serves as the perfect example of how we are influenced by the things that we see around us on a daily basis. The idea of dreams being in black and white was first broached back in the 1950’s, which just so happened to coincide with the introduction of televisions into the home. Back then, every show that came on TV was black and white, which may help explain why people started dreaming about things in that way. The fact that it isn’t really discussed anymore may have something to do with the fact that we are constantly surrounded by color, no matter where we go.

 

falling dreams

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2. We will die if we dream of falling and hit the ground – This is one that you probably first heard about as a kid, and it’s really impossible to say where the idea started. Dreaming of falling is incredibly common, and I certainly can’t remember a dream where I smashed into the ground. That would then suggest that perhaps you do die when you land in the dream, but how would anyone ever find out, since you would be unable to pass that information on? It’s pretty safe to chalk this one up to myth.

 

subconscious dreams

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3. Dreams are the secret passage to the subconscious – The subconscious mind is virtually impossible to reach on your own without the aid of hypnosis. The fact that certain things are revealed to you in dreams leads many to believe that this is the subconscious reaching out to you when you are in something of a hypnotic state. The problem here is that when hypnotized, we are not asleep, but simply in a relaxed state. That’s a solid argument, but the symbolism that often appears in dreams very much makes it possible to believe that the subconscious is doing something, albeit in a cryptic fashion.

 

dream control

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4. Dreams cannot be controlled – We have all had nightmares that we wish we could get out of, but have to stay in until our bodies say it is time to get out. While that may seem like an experience that is doomed to repeat throughout our lives, it actually doesn’t have to be. Lucid dreaming is a technique that is becoming increasingly popular and is where you can control every aspect of your dream. It is not something that can be learned overnight, but is worth looking into if you suffer from regular nightmares.

 

5. Blind people don’t dream – It would be easy to imagine that blind people don’t dream because they don’t see what goes on around them every day. Many people have dreams that are influenced by the things they see, so it would stand to reason that blind people would not be able to experience the dream world. That would actually be wrong, as it has been shown that blind people do in fact have dreams. Their influences come from the other four senses, which also play a part in the things people with sight dream about.

 

 

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Morgan is the founder and editor of REALITYPLEX. After suffering from a life-threatening accident, he realized that the way we perceive things around us is based on our beliefs, emotions and experiences. In an effort to draw the line between perception and reality, he launched REALITYPLEX in 2011. Get to know him better and connect with him on Facebook, Twitter and G+