When you dream of an event which took place recently, this dream merely repeats the imagery from the old event. However, when you dream of old events, those dreams are symbolic in nature. They are symbolic because they are short summaries of the old events. Why do you dream of old events? This could be due to a variety of factors like nostalgia for the past, a recall to remind you of the past, or other triggers that happened in your waking life.
The strongest psychological factor that triggers a dream, is threat. When your brain perceives threat to your mental state/ physical safety/ emotional well-being, it digs up old memories of similar experiences. One such memory may be replayed in a dream. Depending on the state of anxiety and various other factors in play which are unique to the dreamer, one memory, or more than one memory, can be stringed to replay in a dream. Sometimes, other “fake memories”, which did not happen, but are inventions of slices of “fake happenings”, are included in your dream.
Do not worry about dreams being foretelling prophesies. Usually they are not.
There is the case when a dream can be telling you information. But this is usually after your intuition (gut feeling) has been processed (thought over). This intuition nags your brain until it is unleashed in a communicative dream.
There is also another school of thought, advocated by Carl Jung, that the Collective Unconscious (pool of knowledge that can be shared by mankind) will be made available to sleepers in dreams. This is when you get that “Aha!” moment of truth.
Why do we dream of threats? it is meant to prepare us to fight the threat, or take flight to run away from the threat. When you face a threat during your day, your brain rakes up a dream to prepare you to plan or take action to deal with the threat.
The sleeper’s mental state can influence the kind of dream that is seen. Conversely, a bad dream can influence the mental state of the dreamer when they wake up. The mental state determines the type of dream the sleeper experiences. After waking up, the sleeper’s mental state may be affected by thoughts of the disturbing dream.
Here’s why you believe in your dream, even when you know its quite unlikely to happen as such.
You see it in your dream, which is the only world you know in your sleep. That’s why you believe in whatever happens in your dream, even in waking reality, when your brain tells you that dream imagery is quite impossible.
For example, you may dream of a deceased person talking to you in your dream. After waking up, you are inclined to think the deceased has visited you in a dream, because it seemed so real to you.
A person who is traumatized during their day, would have their unconsciousness invent a dream that reflects their state during that day. If you were upset during your day, you’re likely to see a bad dream.
Unrequited love and its wishes can trigger dreams of your love interest. Dreaming of someone you desire does not mean you saw a prophesy that he/ she is coming into your life. Instead, it means your deepest wishes for that love interest to unite with you, has triggered this dream. You dreamed what you desired.
If you feel pressure, stress or anxiety over not getting a desire/ wish, you might behave uncharacteristically. You may act out of character when your mental state and emotional state are no longer in synchronization with your reality. Psychological stress can trigger dreams.
If you have bad dreams or nightmares, it might be due to some factors that trigger them. If you were anxious, stressed, worried, or facing negative pressure, these factors may trigger bad dreams. Your brain may recall old memories of similar threats, and replay these in dreams. This type of dream serves to remind you of past experiences, to alert you to be careful for the upcoming situation.
This post continues the series on Factors Causing Dreams. When you had sunny, warm weather, you might dream of this scene. Your dream merely continues the same theme which you experienced during your day.
What does it mean when you are in winter, but the backdrop of your dream is summer? This can mean you love summer, or miss summer. You might be dreaming of summer in the background, when your nostalgia for summer is greater than your liking for winter.