Metaphysical Monday: Do Dreams Reveal Information In The Unconscious Mind?

That’s the basic understanding of the unconscious. Now, we can really focus on the question: do dreams reveal information locked within the unconscious mind? It depends on who you ask really. If it’s a psychoanalyst, they would likely say yes. If you ask a neuropsychologist, they would likely say no. But, let’s bring up the reasons why each side believes they are right.

The psychoanalyst side would argue yes because dreams have seemed to yield relevance to real life and personal experience. While admittedly, every single person and their dreams are different, there have emerged similarities in experiences.

People have dreamed of people, places, and moments of significance, which in some cases are recurring. Some also dream about things which they do not understand, but have later been revealed to be linked to their past in some way (sometimes in life-altering ways.)

While it is agreed upon that the unconscious may exist, because of its nature, it’s difficult to scientifically measure and test it. Still, if it holds information, it remains possible that this information may leak into dreams, where our conscious mind is inactive and cannot interfere with the information of dreams.

Now, as to what that information may mean (if it is indeed coming from the unconscious), is up for debate.

The neuropsychologist side argues that due to a lack of significant, replicable, and consistent evidence, that psychoanalysis is not scientific. Interpretation of dreams is a form of psychoanalysis. Dreams hold no predictable patterns and set ways of interpretation.

However, what can be said, without a doubt, is that the brain conducts physiological changes when sleep occurs, which have a general pattern which can be monitored. The brain can also be diagnosed when something is amiss with its physical and chemical make-up. These hard and documented facts can withstand investigation from critiques.

Honestly, that battle between psychoanalysis and neuropsychology is one-sided. One side has already proven itself, while the other must still fight to be recognized.

I think that the unconscious mind exists. I have my reasons which are mostly in the form of questions yet unanswered: why do I do certain things that have no reason to be done when nothing is irregular about me? Why can I recall sometimes, against my own will, things which I don’t readily recognize and yet cannot trace to any part of my documented past?

These are only a couple of questions that remain unanswered. And if the unconscious mind exists, then dreams do not seem like a crazy way of receiving information from it. After all, let’s think about it with the information we do know.

When we go to sleep, and we lose active control of our bodily functions. The brain takes over without us having to think about it. Our brain develops consistent patterns in which we reach sleep, however, there remain incalculable firings in the brain synapses which make dreams possible. While dreams are illogical due to these firings, still, certain types of dreams are experienced by many humans. In fact, some humans can control their dreams but once they control them, they no longer run into unexplainable randomness. It is, at that point, imagination and not spontaneity. Only when we are not in control do certain instances recur, and seem to hold significance to the individual (regardless if others think so.)

Let me only convolute this extremely invigorating and unexplainable topic. There are many things I do not know. There are many things science still cannot explain. But experiences happen. And I know what I feel without anyone having to tell me. And sometimes, when I say “I can’t tell you why” it’s because I consciously cannot. And other times, when I have a dream that feels familiar but didn’t look it, it just might have been; but it just wasn’t for me to know.

 


Links to Research Material

What Do Dreams Do for Us?

Dreams: Why do we dream?

Psychoanalysis Definition


That concludes this edition of Metaphysical Monday. What should we discuss next? Be sure to leave your suggestions on the “Get Meta” page located in the menu, under “Blog Features” at the top of the blog!

I leave you with a few questions to ponder on: What would it take to validate, scientifically, psychoanalysis? Must we leave dreams and the unconscious in the realm of the unknown? How might the arguments in the field of psychology change if dreams could be recorded? Leave your thoughts below.

If you’d like to respond with a counterargument, I implore you to publish a post on your blog and link back to this post (and also leave a link in the comments.) These again, are only my thoughts but everyone has an opinion. Feel free to share yours.

14 thoughts on “Metaphysical Monday: Do Dreams Reveal Information In The Unconscious Mind?

  1. Hi, glad to read your post on dreaming – this is something that really interests me, you were right. I appreciate the fact that you bring in necessary information on the dreaming process – I totally agree that it is quite an unknown- untackled subject. Isn’t it to wander why we, humans, are making more efforts to explore Mars, the solar system and beyond, but we know ridiculously little about what’s going on within us? I hope to write myself about it soon, too. Thanks for the invite, again!

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  2. I find that most of the dreams I have are related to a thought that I had during the day or a previous day. Except, that thought only lasted for a second or two. So when I have a dream about it, it feels like I have a chance to explore that thought for a longer period of time while I’m asleep. Hope that made sense!

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    1. I see! Yeah 🙂 Dreams can be elaborate in that way. They do you give you the chance to explore. And if we’re lucky, we even remember the dream after we wake up!
      Thanks for commenting Paul! Your insight is appreciated.

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  3. My favorite dream of all time was one I had when I was living in NJ. I was me, but I was a cartoon version of me. And I was walking in my neighborhood and anything I touched or pointed at turned into a cartoon version –what does this mean??????? Thanks for this post because it brought my favorite dream back to me!

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    1. Well, I can’t tell you what that dream means exactly! I’m no professional. But it hasn’t left your mind for some reason right? Well, I wonder what that reason is..? Only your own experiences can tell you why.
      Glad to have you join the conversation Catherine! 🙂 Glad to have helped you remember. All comments are appreciated.

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  4. I once had a dream where i felt so mich pain. Even after i woke up yhe weird pain was still there for a while. In the dream I saw sone woman hurting me. I researched online, and not sure if the site I researched on had any validity, but read that some dreams can induce phy

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    1. Yes. I’ve experienced dreams full of pain and it still resides after I awake. But yes, dreams can feel very real even when they’re not. Our minds are powerful in that regard.
      Why exactly we are this way? Nothing I know of can really say. Much speculation without answers.
      Thank you for interjecting your comment! It’s greatly appreciated! 🙂

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  5. I just read a book named Mistika in which the writer says, “This feels real, so it must have been happening in real. But things are felt as if they are in real even in dreams. Is this life a dream? Do we really wake up once we die?”

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    1. All valid questions Ankit. We really don’t know if this life is the dream because we cannot see past death until we experience it. So maybe we do wake up, or maybe it all ends. There’s no method I know of to confirm what happens after death.
      But thank you for interjecting your questions into the conversation. It is much appreciated. 🙂

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