|Dreams 10/52 2011 (Photo credit: JanetR3)|
Those who say they don't remember their dreams may be resisting them. There may be an element of fear that could stem from nightmares reaching back to childhood or to some traumatic event. The dream deniers might be trying to escape the possibility of dealing with the nightmare experience.
The dreamers who revel in their sleep life and think about their dreams and relive them through thinking about them or analyzing them welcome dreams. Dreams are like an alternate life where messages may be delivered or life may be evaluated or interpreted. The dream is often a refuge from the worries and concerns of daily life.
There is a high probability that we can control our dreams and regulate the timing of when they occur. Dreams before waking are the ones we remember. The person practicing dream avoidance could be subconsciously scheduling the dreams to occur only during pre-awakening sleep time in order not to remember what they have dreamed.
The act of dreaming is a behavioral activity that can be conditioned to occur as the subconscious may desire. If the mind has been trained to avoid a particular unpleasantness, our subconscious can purposefully avoid such encounters. Just as in waking life we sometimes find ourselves acting in a specific way to avoid an unpleasant situation, the mind can find ways in sleep state to avoid the unpleasantness of dreams.
Do you want to dream during sleep? Are you afraid of dreaming? Have you ever feared going to sleep because you were afraid of dreaming? Have you ever awakened from a bad dream that made you afraid to go back to sleep?