What are some modern theories of dreams

The world of dreams

Dreams can have an impact on daytime well-being. Nightmares usually leave you feeling uncomfortable, while pleasant dreams can create feelings of happiness or motivate you to be creative. You can also encourage people to change their behavior. However, the effects of nightmares on wellbeing have been more scientifically studied than those of positive dreams. Feelings that are felt in dreams could also have to do with everyday stress and serve to process situations and prepare for new ones.

Dealing with your own dream events can also help you to get to know each other better or to use dreams for creativity. In order to be able to deal with dreams at all, the memory of them is necessary. This can be trained. Keeping a dream journal helps with this. It is a good idea to place a booklet and a pen right next to the bed. Because immediately after waking up, dreams are best remembered.

If there are psychological complaints, it is advisable to seek professional help (e.g. from a psychotherapist or a specialist in psychiatry).

From dream interpretation to modern psychotherapy

Interpreting dreams has fascinated people of all ages. To interpret dream contents with an associated generalized interpretation, however, is neither scientific nor contemporary. In today's psychotherapy, working with dreams has received increasing attention in recent years. Dream theories of various psychotherapeutic methods are also used for psychological complaints. Nowadays people tend to assume the individual meaning of dreams. With questions like: "What does this dream mean for you?" Or "How does this dream feel to you now?" Nightmares - as well as any underlying trauma - can be worked on.

Lucid dreams: what is it?

Lucid dreaming or lucid dreaming characterizes a dream that becomes conscious in the meantime. That means, you dream and know that you are dreaming. Through this form of consciousness there is the possibility of influencing the dream event. The lucid dreaming developed from the Gestalt theory. Gestalt theory is a scientific theory that originated in Gestalt psychology. Gestalt psychology deals, among other things, with perception. It is possible to acquire lucid dreaming skills and use them for personal development or for problem solving. Lucid dreams are also used therapeutically, e.g. to cope with nightmares. Dealing with lucid dreams has not yet been fully researched scientifically.