17 December 2008

What Your Dreams Tell About You

As one psychologist has observed, if we could be arrested for what we dream, a lot of us would be in jail. No activity in life runs a more bizarre and fantastic gamut. This quiz reveals some of science's recent findings about what goes on. Check yourself by rating each statement true or false.

1. Many people lead a more interesting life asleep than awake.

2. If you dream in color, this indicates that you are living more fully, getting more out of life.

3. People who have difficulty adjusting to problems of everyday life find a pleasant escape from reality in their dreams.

4. There are ways to make your dream life more interesting.

5. If you usually remember your dreams, you have a fine memory.

6. Some people do their best thinking while asleep.

True: It is not all uncommon for people to have more exciting, romantic and adventurous experiences in dreams than in waking hours -- which may be why many people who lead dull lives spend more time sleeping. A person can feel blue and down-in-the dumps and during the same period have the most pleasant dreams.

True: Dreams in color indicate that the person has a heightenend sensitivity to things around him, or a more satisfying emotional life. With women, dreaming in color is associated with intuitive ability.

False: In most cases, people who avoid facing reality in their waking life are brought face-to-face with it in their dreams. For example, the alcoholic -- who drinks to escape from his problems -- is confronted with them after he goes to sleep.

True: If you drink no fluids for an hour or two before going to bed your dreams will be more numerous and varied. Another way to speed up dream activity is to stop smoking.

False: You can remember your dreams and be extremely forgetful during your waking life. People who best recall their dreams averafe the highest score on creativity tests, are more conscious of their inner feelings and anxieties. People who seldom remember dreams tend to repress their feelings and are inclined to be inhibited emotionally.

True: Dreams are just one phase of the brain activity which takes place when we're asleep. Frequently a person will wake up with the answer to a problem which baffled him before he went to sleep. So active are our various processes during sleep that one authority refers to sleep as simply another form of wakefulness.

(Condensed from: Family Weekly, John E. Gibson)




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