Prepared for Aditya P. | Delivered April 5, 2020
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To research on dreams. Specifically, why do we dream?
Why do People Dream?
several predominant theories
explaining the purpose of dreams.
, a famous philosopher, proposed that dreams reveal the hidden wishes and truths of individuals.
On the other hand, recent research proposes that dreams are helpful for helping us
manifest intense emotions
and arrange and combine memories.
Other theories suggest that dreams do not have any evolutionary function but instead
embody personal concerns.
Studies Conducted about Dreams
In a study conducted in India, South Korea, and the U.S., respondents revealed that dreaming about scary situations such as plane crashes gave them
compared to real-life warnings of terrorist attacks.
In a 1958 study that did a comparison between
Americans and Japanese people
, Americans had more dreams about being locked up, encountering crazy people, and getting money.
On the other hand, J
had a higher likelihood of dreaming about trying to do something repeatedly or being faced by fear.
In a study that was conducted on students who were taking a medical-school entrance test,
of the dreams that they had before the dreams were related to problems with the exam such as lateness.