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Positive and negative dream states
I watched this show yesterday where they are studying people in the different stages of sleep. I was surprised at the results they were coming up with. People who sleep in early or light stages are having positive thoughts and solve problems in this stage.
The deep sleep or Rem stages people are having negative thoughts, negative dreams, wake up with negative thoughts. In these stages you can breath more heavily, your blood pressure increases. So I have to wonder if this is when people experience sleep paralysis. In some cases, when hallucinations are present, people feel that someone is in the room with them, some experience the feeling that someone or something is sitting on their chest and they feel impending death and suffocation. These things cause people much anxiety and terror, but there is no physical harm.
Now I look at this information and I have to wonder when people experience this type of negative experience if they remember how they have been sleeping. Are you sleeping well? Do you have the experiences when your exhausted? Have you been pushing yourself to much at school or work or a relationship.
Belief bias occurs when we make illogical conclusions in order to confirm our preexisting beliefs. Belief perseverance refers to our tendency to maintain a belief even after the evidence we used to form the belief is contradicted.
That's certainly brings a lot of points to think about...I've only experienced sleep paralysis once, and when I did, there were no hallucinations...simply that horrible, paralyzed feeling. But I was one of those kids that always worried about everything and took so much to heart...I remember being stressed out a LOT!

Thanks for sharing what you watched and your thoughts on it.
“Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away.” ~Philip K. Dick

Negative or frightening dreams never translate into anything to be afraid about in our waking lives. If we knew how to correctly interpret our dreams, frightening dreams would be the most valuable of all. Without exception, the thing that frightens us in frightening dreams, inlcuding nightmares, is an enlightened manifestation of our own lives. If we have a dream of someone chasing us, or trying to break into our house, for example, the chaser is always a symbol of the dreamer. And the chaser always has some very positive and helpful information to pass along to the dreamer, but the dreamer is running away from this information. The reason the dreamer is being resistant to this new, enlightened information may be because the new information does not fit the dreamer's current worldview, the dreamer does not think that he or she is worthy of this positive new information, or the dreamer would not know how to deal with this new information, or whatever. But the message being conveyed by frightening dreams makes them the most postive and potentially helpful dreams we will ever have.
As I am not an expert in the field of dreams, what they mean, how they are created,etc. I'll have to dig around and see if I can find anything that might address it before I give an opinion.
(02-03-2010, 05:04 AM)Graveyard Hound Wrote: As I am not an expert in the field of dreams, what they mean, how they are created,etc. I'll have to dig around and see if I can find anything that might address it before I give an opinion.

Check out the International Association for the Study of Dreams. They have a comprehensive recommended book list. All these books are written by professional counselors of one kind or another who also have expertise in dream analysis.
Very good info: I have done a little delving into sleeping and dreams myself. I could go on for days about dreams, but i talk from my experiences. Many of my dreams have had meaning, predictions if you like. Some are from eating a big meal at night. I do suffer with PTSD, so i have a lot of night terrors.

I will say, dreams can be harmful, as they can cause a heart attack or stroke, it you are already having problems. In many of my dreams i feel pain if i am being attacked. I have died in my dreams, and have woken up, so many think if you dream that you die, you will die, not true.

I also have many dreams of my loved ones who have passed on. They give me info: that no one else could possibly know.

Anyway, i just talk from experience!!
Pride and Fear always distort the truth into either a false sense of security or a lack of confidence and diminished self-worth.

Angel WIngs

As someone who studied a bit of psychology, I can verify that when you sleep, you cycle in and out of REM sleep and while in that deep or REM sleep, you are virtually paralyzed. For the most part, we do not wake during REM, but it is possible. If you've ever woken and feeling like you've been drugged, it's likely you woke during your REM cycle and your body isn't fully out of that state yet.
I believe that dreams that are bad take your darkest fears and play them out even if its not in a point blank matter i know people who have studied this and they agree but i also agree that most of the time its not something that you should worry about unless its a case where you replaying something bad that happened in your past and that really has nothing to do with your presnt.


"Remember man, as you walk by, As you are now, so once was I. As I am now, so shall you be. Remember this and follow me."

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