New book explores the reasons behind our dreams

A new book, “Why We Dream: The Transformative Power of Our Nightly Journey,” explores what happens in our minds each night when we sleep. Author Alice Robb joins CBSN to discuss her book.

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  1. huey hoolihan
    huey hoolihan says:

    we dream to reorganize the information we hold in our brains with that we gather on a daily basis. the space we have to hold daily information until incorporated and condensed is limited and it is necessary to use the part of the brain that we use during consciousness to assist in the reorganization. because the reorganization process involves deletion, addition and consolidation the memories are temporarily scattered and associations are temporarily disabled resulting in a completely insane (and very unsafe) state of mind. so necessarily nature has evolved a sleep state such that we are for the most part unaware of this temporary insane state. but occasionally, we are awakened during this insane state and remember (for a short time) those insane thoughts, and we call these dreams. it's not surprising that they are disjointed, conglomerations of primarily recent events and thoughts.
    this approach to explaining dreams and the necessity of sleep goes a long way in understanding many other issues involving sleep deprivation and sleep disorders that prevent the normal production of sleep states. the best example is schizophrenia where the brain needs to reorganize information but retains consciousness while the reorganization is taking place.

  2. Trying to make sense
    Trying to make sense says:

    Why we dream. The mind likes to figure things out and it doesn't like strange things. So, during your day when something strange happens, your mind will try to put it into 'a context' or dream as a warning or comfort. So for example, you're sitting in the lobby at the dentist's office and you can only see part of a magazine cover on the table beside you. The part you see has a hairy arm and so you think it's a monkey. Well, you grab the magazine only to find out that it's a fur coat. No big deal. Later that day you go and get a soda and out of the corner of your eye you see a man with a coat that looks like it's out of the 1940's THAT WAS IT. Your mind remembers the monkey and that coat. Two things that don't fit. That night you dream a man is hiding a monkey in his jacket and the monkey starts to come after you. Typically because you're not looking out for these anomalies during the day you never think to put together the big picture. I don't have time to write a doctorate thesis but this is exactly what's going on. Remember the day before your dream and think back to the prior day and pull out the elements of your dream.

  3. pathnativejam
    pathnativejam says:

    This girl is too young and bubbly! Her language sounds naive'. I can't relate at all or see benefit in opening that book.The research has already been done, it's up to the individual to decipher the signs and symbols. Not some little millennial girl with a bubbly cadence !

  4. Evan Mahoney
    Evan Mahoney says:

    "Saam Meditation: The Interpretation of Dreams" is the best book on dreams. There are three levels of human needs. Food, homeland, relationships, sex, power, knowledge, and sharing of knowledge. Identify which of these needs is represented in your dream. Each of these needs is associated with an organ. Per saam acupuncture meditate upon the saam point prescriptions of the need and organ represented in your dream. Example if you dream of food A lot then you are probably a spleen type constitution . Meditate upon the spleen point prescriptions. Saam meditation: The Interpretation of Dreams is available at Amazon.

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