Why do some people have recurring dreams?

Why do some people have recurring dreams?

According to scientists, repetitive dreams are a warning sign of the unconscious. This “lesson” tends to be repeated until the conscious assimilates it

To have repetitive dreams is a sign that the unconscious is warning us to avoid a situation.  When something is wrong with us, the unconscious alerts us through dreams. If we do not pay attention or do not understand your message, it will send us more dreams, portraying the same message. It can be with different scenarios, people and circumstances, although the plot is the same. If it does not work, it beats for several nights  in the  same key. And this is already capable of leaving us jammed. “Why did I dream about this again?”, We tend to think.

However, if the brain persists in not grasping the message of repeated dream, then the unconscious ball saturates dreams with a dramatic higher content, such as strategy to be actually attended to. “And it presents us with a nightmare,” explains the German psychotherapist Marie-Louise von Franz in his book The Way of Dreams . Just as we are impacted by seeing a very grotesque, violent or radical scene in a movie, the nightmare has this effect.

Very intense trauma, such as assaults, accidents and wars, can trigger repetitive dreams in which these events are revived, and of which people wake up depressed, anxious, with sweating and tachycardia. This is one of the symptoms of a disease that psychiatry today calls Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), which affects 15% and 20% of people who have witnessed life threatening situations.

Although not always the nightmare appears in following the repetition of the same dream, it pays to pay attention when one presents itself. There is no standard recipe for interpreting them. Each case is different. The important thing is to focus on metaphorical language. In some cases, the urgency character is great, and it is convenient to awaken to a more conscious and responsible attitude towards a particular area, relation or situation of life.    

Dreams also play a prominent role in depression: neurologists have discovered that the disease improves when REM sleep is suppressed through medication, although they can not explain why it happens. It is also attributed to the emotional content of dreams certain organic REM changes, such as heart rate, breathing and blood pressure variation.  

SOURCES Andre L. Souza, Professor of Cognitive Psychology at the University of Alabama, and Marco Antonio Spinelli, Master of Psychiatry at the USP Medical School

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