Dream – Types & Meaning

Dream – Types & Meaning

I do not remember the first time I had this dream but I remember that I had it quite a few times. I saw that I am moving off all by myself near a river (probably); my downcast head and my slow walk are making me look sad and terribly alone. I don’t know what it means. Many times I have found myself replaying this whole dream in my mind looking for an answer. Have also surfed on websites which claim to accurately interpret dreams, and have interpreted it in more than one ways (Thanks to Google baba!!).

I wonder, when we go to sleep, where do we really go?? How do we go somewhere without actually going there?! Who would have been the first person to have a dream (maybe a caveman) and how did he manage to explain it to others (or firstly to himself) something which was so intangible!!

Rightly quoted in the movie Inception, ‘Dreams feel real while we’re in them. It’s only when we wake up that we realize something was actually strange’.

Why we dream is still one of the behavioural sciences’ greatest unanswered questions. Though there are many theories about why we dream. Some researchers say dreams have no purpose and are nonsensical activities of the sleeping brain. Others say dreams are necessary for mental, emotional and physical health.


By definition, dreams are successions of images, ideas, emotions and sensations that occur usually involuntarily in the mind during certain stages of sleep (particularly REM when the brain is most active and resembles to be awake).

Dreams can be entertaining, disturbing or bizarre. Asleep you can experience many hours whilst only a few waking moments have passed.

Whatever we dream, most of the time we don’t remember it accurately. We can’t share it; not as it was. Our memory and vocabulary both fall short to describe it.

Broadly dreams can be of following types:-

1.  Daydreams  During this you are semi-awake though not fully checked in with the reality. It starts with a compelling thought or fantasy and rest job is done by your imagination.

2.  Normal Dreams  These are those standard dreams where you have no idea that you are dreaming until you wake up.

3.  Lucid Dreams  A dream during which the dreamer is aware that they are dreaming (Weird!).

Christopher Nolan’s movie Inception, played this concept in the mind of the masses.

Even though the term ‘lucid’ means clear, lucid dreaming is more than just having a clear dream.

4.  False Awakening  It is a vivid and convincing dream about awakening from sleep, while the dreamer in reality continues to sleep. The dreamer can believe that he is awake and thinks that he performing the daily morning rituals, while in reality he is still sleeping.

5.   Nightmares  A dream that results in feelings of strong terror, fear, distress or extreme anxiety is a nightmare.

Dream - Types & Meaning - Nightmares

Researchers believe that it is likely that animals do indeed dream. Also blind people dream. Despite the lack of visuals, the dreams of the blind typically include information from the other senses such as sound, touch, taste, hearing and smell.

May be a part of us wants to be quietly and safely insane every night and that’s why we dream!! What say??


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