Most people think nightmares are nothing more. Just a simple nightmare to wake up from in the morning. Just a bad dream that will be gone by the time they eat breakfast. But this isn’t true. With every nightmare, comes a meaning. Nightmares have a meaning behind them, and a reason for starting. A nightmare is a dream with many negative emotions. The International Association for the study of dreams stated, “A nightmare is a very distressing dream which usually forces at least partial awakening. The dreamer may feel any number of disturbing emotions in a nightmare, such as anger, guilt, sadness or depression, but the most common feelings are fear and anxiety” (1). This explains how much negativity is associated with nightmares. They begin sometime in childhood and usually start lessening around or after 10. But for some people they don’t stop. Some people have them their whole life. Nightmares mainly occur during REM sleep, or rapid eye movement. The REM stages lengthen with each past cycle. But, nightmares don’t usually last very long. Not the whole night, like most people think. Yes, it seems like the dream or nightmare lasts for hours, but think about it. It’s only a small story told in a little amount of time. The mind has multiple dreams or nightmares a night, each one longer then the last. That’s why people often only remember one. And as The Mayo Clinic Staff explained, “Nightmares can be associated with another sleep disorder. Many other factors can trigger nightmares” (1), which means nightmares can be caused by a multitude of things. As stated in the last line of the paragraph above, nightmares have different causes. The causes can range from stress and anxiety to bedtime snacks. One cause is trauma. Traumatic events can often trigger nightmares, as stated here by ASD International, “Many people experience nightmares after they have suffered a traumatic event, such as surgery, the loss of a loved one, an assault or a severe accident” (1). It’s...
...dreams and even remember some of them affecting the rest of my day or just my life in general. The recent premiere of the movie Inception, a movie revolving around the dream world, has helped spark my interest into the dreams and their true purpose. I have been pondering if they have a bigger role in our lives rather than just a source of entertainment while we sleep. Prior to beginning research, my factual knowledge of dreams was quite limited to my personal experiences, as I have had my fair share of dreams as well as nightmares. I knew that dreams were usually perceived as happy and nightmares were almost always frightening experiences. Some dreams could also be interpreted for deeper meanings. Lastly, prior to researching, I knew dreams only lasted a portion of the time, and one usually had a difficult time remembering the content of the dream upon awakening. Through my research I wished to discover how people are affected by their dreams and nightmares in their behavior, mood, and their overall physical health. I also wished to know if there were any past evidences of events which happened in direct correlation to dreams. I was hopeful in finding the true meaning of dreams and how big of a role they actually have in our lives.
Dreams do not come and go as they please; the period when people experience dreams is when they are peacefully sleeping. When one finally falls into a slumber, the body and mind follow a...
...is not so enjoyable. Of all the adults, 2-8% has one or more nightmares per month (L. Chanin, 2011, Nightmares in Adults). Unfortunately, I am one of them. In general, nightmares are not regarded as serious issues but I think they should be because they can cause serious physical and psychological problems.
According to H. Kellerman (1987, p. 217), the word nightmare derives from the Old English word “mare”, which was a mythological demon who brought frightening dreams to people. The belief in the Mare goes back to the 13th century, maybe even further. Throughout history, nightmares have played a role in peoples’ lives. Evidence of that can be found in many different media. In Ancient Greek plays, nightmares are often a symbolic representation of a fact, like in Aeschylus's Oresteia, where Clytemnestra dreams of giving birth to a snake and later gets murdered by her son, Orestes. Other examples can be found in Shakespeare and a lot of horror movies.
Nightmares are common; everyone has them once in a while. You wake up, feel relieved, and move on or go back to sleep. L. Chanin (2011, Nightmares in Adults) states that usually, nightmares occurring at an adult age are related to stress or fever. Children are more likely to have nightmares because they have a strong imagination and fears start to develop. It is not yet proven what...
...When we go to bed at night we close our eyes and hope we have a great dream. What happens when the dream is not so pleasant? Instead you have a horrible dream called a nightmare. Nightmares can be very disturbing. When it comes to the human mind, it is hard for us to know why it acts a certain way, but we can always try to learn.
Everyone has had a nightmare one time or another maybe when they were a child or even as an adult. But what happens when the nightmares are constant? The fact is that nightmares are more frequent in children than in adults. According to a research done by Tucker Shaw, approximately 50% of the adult population have no nightmares. The rest only remember one or two per year. 5 to 10% remember nightmares once a month or more, but only a small percentage of people have nightmares that are disturbing enough to alter their lives.
According to Freud, nightmares relate to startling and painful experiences of the past, to events of infancy and even birth itself. These experiences left behind psychic problems that the helpless child could not solve at the time. In fact, any painful situation may leave a residue of grief, guilt and anxiety. In this view, built represents the energy used for continually repeating unpleasant thoughts, both in waking life and in dreams. We continue to dream about "unfinished" situations...
The moment of terror you feel when being chased by a masked killer, running for your life through a dark alley. You cry out and scream for help but no one can hear you. You fall, and before you know it, the masked killer is standing right in front of you. He pulls out an axe and you wake up drenched in sweat, realizing it was all just a nightmare. We all have experienced this moment, maybe more than once. Nightmares can be very disturbing because it is hard to understand what produces it and why it acts a certain way.
Nightmare is defined as a dream during the rapid eye movement, which provokes intense negative feeling, such as panic, fear, terror, or anxiety. Everyone has experienced a nightmare one time or another in his or her lifetime. But what happens when nightmares start occurring constantly? The fact is more children experience nightmares more frequently than adults. It is estimated that 50 % of the population does not experience nightmares, according to research done by Tucker Shaw. Approximately 5 to 10% of the population only remembers nightmares once a month, but only small percentage of the population remember nightmares that are disturbing enough effect their lives.
According to Freud, the first psychologist who paid much attention to dreams, stated that nightmares occur based on painful...
...CRITICAL ANALYSIS: Explanation, Analysis, Interpretation |
The Projectionist's NightmareThis is the projectionist’s nightmare:
A bird finds it’s way into the cinema,
finds the beam, flies down it,
smashes into a scene depicting a garden,
a sunset, and two people being nice to each other.
Real blood, real intestines, slither down
the likeness of a tree.
‘This is no good,’ screams the audience,
‘This is not what we came to see.’ Brian Pattenhttp://brianpatten.co.uk/media-page.html | |
to seek distraction and relief from unpleasant or mundane realities, esp. by seeking entertainment or engaging in fantasy.
Playing video games is essentially an __________________ pursuit.
Overindulgence in _____________ can lead to an inability to deal with reality.
depersonalisation - representing a human being as a physical thing deprived of personal qualities or individuality.
Pornography __________ women by portraying them as objects of lust.
Feminists are up in arms over the __________ of women by the mass media.
detachment from physical and emotional experience.
Ever since her parents passed away, the orphan has been suffering from feelings of _____________ and emotional detachment.
Feeling _____________ from one's emotions can lead to depression.
deviation from the normal order; an irregularity.
Luz A. Cardona
January 24, 2013
From A Nightmare to Reality
With music blasting, singing out loud, chewing a Strawberry Bubblelicious gum, and driving by East Broad Street, it was just another typical morning on my way to school. I was a few miles from school; I only had to turn onto a gravel road to get to North Center Street, which was where the high school was located. As I was driving, all of a sudden I started to sense like dizziness, perhaps numbness in my head and everything started to feel weird. Meanwhile, I felt like if I was going unconscious, but the everlasting sensation of a sharp pain running down from my head to my feet didn’t feel like a regular nightmare. Suddenly, I woke up with my heart beating figuratively at 200 beats per minute. Feeling disoriented and not knowing what had happened I realized that it was only a dream; it must have been just another horrendous nightmare. I usually have terrifying nightmares, but this one wasn’t only a typical nightmare; it could have been a sign of what could happen, I thought. In fact, a few weeks after the nightmare, I had an experience that eventually had a few similarities with that horrible dream that I had a few weeks before it would turn into a lifelike reality; it was actually like a deja-vu encounter.
About 8 years ago a memorable accident happened to me. As a high school student...
Fuseli, Blake and the Romantic Imagination
at Tate Britain 15th February- 1st May 2006
The exhibition is divided amongst eight rooms, a number of artists,
work, such as Henry Fuseli, James Barry, Joseph Wright of Derby,
Catherine Blake, Philippe Jaques de Loutherbourg display their
work collectivly. This collective exhibition including many great
artists is an interesting way of showing their work, acting like a
The main focus of the instalment targets gothic stories, poems,
ghouls, ideas of magic and all things involving terror, love
romance, passion. This ground breaking series of paintings
steered the public away from traditional and renaissance art and
introduced sex, horror and violence.
Focusing on Henry Fuseli his work appears throughout eight
rooms. “The Nightmare” for example holds great importance as it
depicts the time. “The Nightmare” is an oil painting on canvas
stretching 101.6x126.7cm wide painted in 1781 and has been
copied by many artists throughout time. Why does this image
create such impact? The public were shocked with this strong,
venerable painting which left Fuseli open to criticism
The powerful, disturbing image conjures up feelings of voyeurism,
and by mixing horror with sex the image haunts the viewer. It has
been argued that this painting holds the key of Fusilis’ own sexual
...Compare Owen’s differing presentation of the nightmare in Dulce Et Decorum Est, Anthem and The Sentry, consider how is it presented and whether the focus is on the subjects or the poet.
Owen’s presentation of the First World War in Dulce Et Decorum Est is achieved by direct connotations of the metaphor ‘nightmare’. By doing this, he implies that the audience will never be able to relate to the poem and really understand the horrors during WW1. For example, ‘till on the haunting flares we turned our backs’, ‘haunting’ suggests that something will not go away, it is always present and constantly a dark cloud above you. It may also have connotations of recurrence and therefor implies that the images and memories from the First World War will forever be in the soldier’s minds, or dreams. Another example of the theme of nightmares would be ‘men marched asleep’, proposes that the soldiers were living inside a nightmare as they were actually asleep, or at least they wished that they were. The expression ‘never in my wildest dreams’ may be brought to mind when reading the third stanza, ‘in all my dreams’, hints that the sights that Owen would have experienced are unimaginable, not even dreamt of before the real lie situation occurred. ‘Smothering’ implies that something is almost suffocating, that you cannot get away from it, the word is actually uncomfortable and being followed by ‘you too could pace’ would perhaps...