ARE NIGHTMARES HELPFUL? WHY BAD DREAMS MAY BE GOOD FOR YOU

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I’ve long been an active dreamer. My dreams are lengthy, plot-driven and very detailed. I nearly always remember them when I wake up.But they are not particularly pleasant. From the proverbial math test that you haven’t studied for, to the play you’re in where you don’t know your lines – I regularly experience some of the most common dreams in adulthood.

I’ve always accepted my troubling dreams as a sign that I am… troubled. Not massively so. But for those of us who lack the benefit of a ‘quiet mind,’ I think it’s inevitable that the thoughts and feelings swirling around inside of us during the day are going to need some sort of outlet at night.Lately, however, I’ve been re-assessing whether the fact that I have disturbing dreams might actually be a sign that I’m on a journey towards happiness.

What Are Dreams?
There are different theories on what dreams mean and how to interpret them. For Freud and others in the psychoanalytic tradition, dreams were a form of wish fulfilment.Even some scholars who don’t fully buy into Freud believe that dreams serve as a way of processing repressed thoughts and feelings – sexual and otherwise – that live in our unconscious mind.

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