Dreams have occupied a place of privilege in the work of psychotherapy for many decades. Numerous psychology researchers assert dreams are means to coping with life’s stresses. Dr. Rosalind Cartwright, PhD, from Rush University in Chicago explains her findings: “It’s almost like having an internal therapist, because you associate [through dreams] to previous similar feelings, and you work through the emotion related to it so that it is reduced by morning.”
It’s a vicious cycle… Stress and anxiety cause sleep deprivation, and sleep deprivation has been linked to many detrimental aspects of our physical and mental health. Dreams help us process through recent events in our lives: They regulate, analyze, explain and commit necessary events to long-term memory. It’s a kind of “mental housekeeping”. Dreams are also crucial to the development of the brain, resolving inconsistencies in daily experiences and regulating mood.
Dreams can be a powerful tool in solving your toughest problems. Brain & sleep-labs research shows that your dreams are a subconscious incubator to the toughest dilemmas you may face in your waking life. In a study conducted by Harvard psychologist Deirdre Barrett, PhD, author of “The Committee of Sleep: How Artists, Scientists and Athletes Use Dreams for Creative Problem-Solving–And How You Can, Too”, a third of the subjects reported that contemplating a problem before bedtime helped them find a solution that had eluded them during the day.
Your creativity increases significantly by utilizing the subconscious information hidden in your dreams. Deirdre Barrett, Harvard University psychologist and author of The Committee of Sleep asserts: “In the sleep state, the brain thinks much more visually and intuitively.”
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