Finding Meaning in Dreams William Domhoff

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According to Willim Domhoff dreams may have meaning, but no purpose. If you take a large number of someone's dreams you will be able to develop a picture of his personality as clear as his fingerprints.

Finding Meaning in Dreams William Domhoff

Dreams most likely serve no real purpose, according to William Domhoff, world-renowned dream researcher and author of two books, Finding Meaning in Dreams and The Scientific Study of Dreams. After studying dream scientifically for over 50 years. He concludes that dreams have no adaptive function, or even evolutionary purpose. He draws on the evidence that people who do not dreams still function and sleep normally, such as children under the age of six, who typically dream very little or people who have lost the ability to dream to brain damage or the use of antidepressants.

Domhoff does point out that for about one in every thousand people undergo "impactful" dreams, which can be life-changing. And even if dreams may not have had evolutionary value. He remains fascinated by their mystery. "Dreams, in general for most people are dysphoric. They're not contributing to well-being. They are making us wake up grouchy, they are making us apprehensive," he says. "Of course, there are individual differences within that with the standard is striking." After studying many thousands of dreams over the years, he does acknowledge exceptions where people say they find solace in their dreams and that their dreams are not negative.

"However, as a person who started doing research on dreams late 1950s, I was among those who thought dreams probably had an important adaptive function because of new discoveries about REM sleep and the claims by Freud and his followers who were at their high point in the 1950s" Domhoff says. After years of research. He is come to the conclusion that there is no clearly established purpose for dreams, although they do have meaning, according to Domhoff , which "has to do with coherence and with systematic relations to other variables, and in that regard. Dreams do not have meaning. Furthermore, they are very revealing of what is on our minds. We have shown that 75 to 100 dreams from a person gives us a very good psychological portrait of that individual. Give us 1000 dreams over a couple of decades, and we give you a profile of the person's mind that is almost as individualized and accurate as his or her fingerprints."

Dumhoff has found the dreams reflect the thoughts and concerns of the dreamers waking life. He suggests a neuro-cognitive model of dreaming in which the process of dreaming results from their neurological processes and is a system of schemas. Dream content, he suggests, results from these cognitive processes. These ideas were developed when he worked with Calvin.S. Hall on developing a cognitive process model of dreaming. This model looks for themes and patterns by analyzing thousands of dreams from participants eventually creating a quantitative coding system that divides the content of the dream into a number of different categories. Interpreting dreams would require knowing the actions of the dreamer within the dream, the objects and figures in the dream, the interactions between the dreamer and the characters in the dream and the dreams setting, transitions, and outcome. The ultimate goal of this dream interpretation is not understand the dream. However, but to understand the dreamer. In much the same way. Hermann Rorschach developed a cognitive process method of scoring the associations people had to abstract inkblots. In conclusion, Domhoff recommends that in his usual pithy way, "unless you find your dreams fund, intellectually interesting, or artistically inspiring, then feel free to forget your dreams."

My website (meaningsofdreams.net) also provides free dream interpretation by a clinical psychologist. Fill out the form including as much detail of the dream is possible in a confidential email will be sent to you with the interpretation. Your email address will not be in any way commercially exploited.

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Bank, Calvin Hall, Cognitive Process Theory Of Dreams, Dream, Scientific Study Of Dreams, Systematic Categorization Of Dreams, The Function Of Dreams, The Meaning Of Dreams

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Kevin Kappler has a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and has been interpreting dreams for over 30 years.

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author avatar C.D. Moore
10th Jun 2014 (#)

Interesting. Dreams have always been meaningful to me. Very well written article.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
11th Jun 2014 (#)

I one time dreamed some lottery numbers and started to play them, but they have not won yet, maybe this week!

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
11th Jun 2014 (#)

most interesting...thank you...

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author avatar Kevin Kappler Ph.D.
11th Jun 2014 (#)

Thank you for the complement. I will be reviewing both of his books soon

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author avatar Kevin Kappler Ph.D.
11th Jun 2014 (#)

An example of a prophetic dream (see today's post)

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