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  • Dreams

  • A couple years ago I was working on what the school called, a “Senior Project.” We were given a list of topics to choose from, and on that topic we needed to research it, and type a report.
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  • A couple years ago I was working on what the school called, a “Senior Project.” We were given a list of topics to choose from, and on that topic we needed to research it, and type a report.
     
    I chose the topic, “Understanding Dreams.”
     
    At the time, I was just trying to get the grade. I didn’t really have any interest in what I was writing my report over. I did work hard on the report; I’m not saying I didn’t. I always work my hardest, whether I like it or not.
     
    So here I am, over two years later very interested in understanding the mind, and dreams.
     
    I’ve re-read my report I wrote over two years ago, and am definitely interested in doing more research on Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung, J. Allen Hobson, and Robert McCarley, and the list goes on and on!
     
    There’s so many different theories on why we dream, and on what does that particular dream mean. Most of my research I have done online. I’m searching for books to refresh and extend my knowledge on the subject.
     
    I’ve recently bought a small notebook to keep beside my bed, so when I have a dream and I wake up, I can write it down before I forget it. Although researchers say we don’t remember 90% of our dreams, even right after we wake up from one.
     
    Research also shows we dream during REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep. So if someone around you is sleeping, and you see their eyes moving around through their eyelids, they are dreaming.
     
    I remember taking a psychology class my senior year also. I loved every minute of it, one of my favorite classes, right behind History.
     
    One of the chapters we went over was Freud and his theory over dreams. I had a leg up on some of the students in the class, because of my report earlier in that semester.
     
    I’m not exactly sure what it is that interests me about the psychology behind dreams. I guess I’m just interested in how the average human brain works.

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