Other researchers interpret dreams as a form of problem-solving. From this perspective, the brain responds to potential future danger by running – and responding to – a bunch of different scenarios while we sleep, just to keep us alert.
Still others believe that dreams help us process emotions by encoding and constructing memories of them. What we see and experience in our dreams might not necessarily be real, but the stories we construct and the emotions attached to these experiences certainly are.
Being Lost in Your Dreams
In my case, the dreams I’ve had over the past few years very closely track some of my major anxieties – and personal evolution.For a long time, I had dreams about trying to get somewhere. This sometimes took the form of an elevator, where I’d push a button to go to a certain floor, but then the elevator would fly off in many directions, never landing at my destination.