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Learn more about the subject of lucid dreaming here:

Insights about lucid dreaming (my lucid dreaming adventure)

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What is lucid dreaming all about?

 

A lucid dream, in simplest terms, is a dream in which one is aware that one is dreaming. The term was coined by the Dutch psychiatrist and writer Frederik van Eeden (1860–1932).

A lucid dream can begin in one of two ways. A dream-initiated lucid dream (DILD) starts as a normal dream, and the dreamer eventually concludes it is a dream, while a wake-initiated lucid dream (WILD) occurs when the dreamer goes from a normal waking state directly into a dream state, with no apparent lapse in consciousness.

 

Scientists such as Stephen LaBerge and Allan Hobson, with his neurophysiological approach to dream research, have helped to push the understanding of lucid dreaming into a less speculative realm.

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During most dreams, sleepers are not aware that they are dreaming. The reason for this has not been determined, and does not appear to have an obvious answer. There have been attempts by various fields of psychology to provide an explanation. For example, some proponents of depth psychology suggest that mental processes inhibit the critical evaluation of reality within dreams.

 

Certain physiology studies suggest that "seeing is believing" to the brain during any mental state. If the brain perceives something with great clarity or intensity, it will believe that it is real. Even waking consciousness is liable to accept discontinuous or illogical experience as real if presented as such to the brain. Dream consciousness is similar to that of a hallucinating awake subject. Dream or hallucinatory images triggered by the brain stem are considered to be real, even if fantastic.

 

The impulse to accept the evident is so strong the dreamer will often invent a memory or story to cover up an incongruous or unrealistic event in the dream. "That man has two heads!" is usually not followed with "I must be dreaming!" but with "Yes, I read in the paper about these famous Siamese twins." Or other times there will be an explanation that, in the dream, makes sense and seems very logical, but when the dreamer awakes, he/she will realize that it is rather far-fetched or even complete gibberish.

 

Source: Lucid dreaming - Wikipedia

 

Lucid dreaming in other languages:

Spanish: sueño lúcido

French: le rêve lucide

Italian: sogno lucido - onironautica

German: Klartraum - wachtraum - luzider traum

Chinese: 明晰 做梦

Russian: Сновидение - Мечтать мои сновидения

 

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