Scientists and Mental Health Professionals Discuss Why Dreams Come True | Joel Eisenberg

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A consensus is that wanted dreams may be possible, and the quality of sleep provides clues.

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Author’s note

This article is based on scientific publications and accredited media reports. All information linked in this article is fully attributed to the following outlets: Neurology Live, Psychology Today, Google.com and SleepFoundation.org.

Introduction

Consider this: if some of your dreams come true, or even one of your dreams does come true, could other of your more grounded and less fantastic dreams do the same? Is there, perhaps, some mechanism that actually makes certain dreams come true?

Can this phenomenon be explained by science?

In her February 2018 article for “Neurology Live,” titled “Dreams…Why Do Some Come True?” writer Heidi Moawad, MD states: Some experts suggest that dreams can include events that a person may not have thought about while awake. After dreaming about something, such as passing or failing a test, a student may begin to believe in the probability of either outcome. In this example, a student’s behavior may change: he or she may study more or less for the test after the dream.

Some dreams reflect realities of life, however, that cannot be controlled. A personal (and quite painful) example involved the death of my own father from liver disease. The day before he died, I dreamed of my mother whom I had visited two weeks before. In my dream, my mother was trying to tell me some important news about my father. Through her tears, however, she couldn’t get the words out. For my part, I was scared and losing patience. I begged my mother to try to tell me. She could not.

I woke up the next morning, went to my computer, and started my day with the usual routine. My phone rang; he was my brother.

“Dad is dead,” he said. He was with my mother, as well as my other brother.

Through my own tears, I asked, “How’s Mom?

“She can’t talk,” he said.

I have written two other articles on dream mysteries for NewsBreak. See here for “How to Identify the Signs and Symptoms of Nightmare Disorder” and here for “Why Do We Dream of Deceased Loved Ones?” Mental health professionals and dream analysts debate possible reasons.

Let’s explore further.

The manifestation of dreams

The word “manifestation” is often used in a spiritual or religious sense. For example, “I will think pleasant thoughts and manifest my dreams.” Or, “I’m going to pray about it and find another job next week.”

In February 2020, Psychology Today published a well-shared blog post by Tchiki Davis, Ph.D titled “What is Manifestation? Scientific ways to manifest.

The article provided a noted caveat to the term, stating: The protest became popular through books like The Secret and The Law of Attraction. Unfortunately, most psychology scientists will tell you that these books are based on pseudoscience – they claim to be scientific and factual, but they are not actually based on scientific evidence.

Indeed, a targeted Google search will confirm website after website of so-called “experts” quoting these same volumes on how to manifest virtually anything.

What is, however, a legitimate and common view of mental health on the issue?

Davis’ article represents this response, further stating: For example, if you don’t think you can achieve a goal, say getting your dream job, you will trigger events that will increase the likelihood that you will not get your dream job. Maybe you’ll be cold or grumpy at a job interview. Maybe you will engage in a negative self-talk with someone who can help you. Or maybe you just feel angry and don’t spend the time to achieve your goal. Your beliefs set in motion circumstances that affect your ability to manifest an outcome.

Although the manifestation of dreams is not a subject of Davis’ play per se, according to dream researchers and scientists, the same general rules can apply.

To broaden the subject a bit, there are two facets of dreams coming true that are examined here. The first concern dreams that turn out to be prophetic. The second is to proactively manifest those sleeping dreams that we wanna to come true.

What sleep research and scientists have been studying closely lately is whether there is some sort of process in the dream realm, a process that remains elusive and as yet unidentified, that scientifically proves that dreams can be manipulated into a desired outcome in daily life.

Last month, SleepFoundation.org updated an article on facet one, written by Sarah Shoen and medically reviewed by sleep physician Dr. Abhinav Singh, titled “What are precognitive (premonition) dreams? “

As an excerpt from the article: Currently, there is little scientific evidence to suggest that dreams can predict the future. However, some research suggests that certain types of dreams can help predict the onset of illness or mental decline in the dream. For example, in people with Parkinson’s disease, dreams containing negative emotions are correlated with future cognitive decline.

It appears, formally, that the jury is out on both issues, though instances of both have long been proven to occur.

The question is whether these events are coincidences or isolated incidents?

For now, there is no definitive answer.

Conclusion

Once the province of new age teachings, the manifestation of sleeping dreams has become a legitimate area of ​​study for scientists and mental health professionals.

Although research for both entities has remained inconclusive, these studies will continue. However, most seem to agree that in the presence of illness or lack of sleep, the dream life will also suffer.

Thanks for the reading.

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