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Should dreams be remembered?

When the average person wake up, usually only small fragments of their dream are remembered, then it will probably be forgotten in 5 or less minutes. So do you think dreams should always be remembered?

Yes they should

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No they should not

Side Score: 33
3 points

I think they should because what if dreams are what some people believe them to be? A way to see the future? If we always forget our dreams then we could possibly be forgetting what is to come. Not saying I completly believe in that, but I am open-minded.

| Side: Yes they should
3 points

Dreams are definitely important... They may be the only solace for a person dealing with lotz of misfortunes in life. It acts as a distraction,, soothes a person.

Dreaming signifies that you have been bothering yourself with an particular issue (the topic of your dream) for too long.

We dream of what we intend our life to be.

So, they definitely are desirable!

| Side: Yes they should
3 points

@DSVIRTUO = “u r talkin as if u really do control ur dreams...or any of ur well - wisher does..!! no DREAM can possibly sooth u as long as it takes u away from from the truth...the bitter one...!! and it is always better to face it, as i mentioned earlier too..!!! “ = We DO NOT control our dreams.. But our better half of the mind,, the subconscious mind DOES control… and for our psychological good only..!!...

No dream can possibly sooth us if it doesn’t take the truth away from us.

Consider, kaemotherapy… a therapy done for Cancer patients.. It is harmful for our body… may pose as a threat… but for the immediate good for us.. It is done… cause it gives relief from the danger that is nearer to us as compared to the other hazards...

It's lot more important to heal a person who is susceptible to depression,, weak and vulnerable rather than teaching them what is "bravery" and what is not at THAT instant... Once they recover, they will know for sure...

Don't underestimate human minds, after all... :)

| Side: Yes they should
3 points

@DSVIRTUO = "considering a person who has faced a brutal break-up keeps on dreaming of a more perfect and happy life with his/her lost mate...won't ever live in happiness since the dream can never be possible...if he/she were living in reality then he/she would have very bravely faced it...!!!" = Firstly,, derez a diff between day-dreaming and night-dreaming..!!

Day Dreaming is controlled by our conscious mind... Something voluntary...... Night Dreaming is NOT..!!... It's the result of the on-going procedures in our Sub-conscious mind!.. something involuntary...

U say,.,,, "dreams of a happier life wid d lost-mate" -- This will be DAY-DREAMING...

Our sub-conscious mind is a lot more sensible... and PRACTICAL

when this same dream is replayed in our sub-conscious mind (Night Dreaming - D TOPIC of d debate)- D vision is different..... It becomes more of a vague figure who is your next mate. i.e. You see yourself happy with a new person (a mysterious person... = Night Dreams of sub-conscious mind ARE blurred)

Get the difference?... :)

And,, what does this 'dream' signify? - That u have hope... a new person to lighten up your life! - See d optimism???...

Moreover,, dis is what any counselor would do at a situation like that.. to console a heart-broken person... So, you see... dreams are like our personal, guidance- counselor... :P :D

| Side: Yes they should
DSVIRTUO(17) Disputed
1 point

a night dream is a resultant of what you think whole day long, isn't it? and when a person is gloomy how can his dream automatically become optimistic, more soothing and more sensible as if the dreams have got a brain of their own!!! a sleeping dream mostly feigns a person your mind is haunted with all day long, not the situation you are dealing with!!! and the optimism is also affected by the moods of the person!!! one can't dream of a happy life on his own however hard he wants to when he has underwent a tragedy!!! :D

| Side: No they should not
Rose123(20) Disputed
2 points

"more soothing and more sensible as if the dreams have got a brain of their own!!!" = Exactly...!! Dreams don't have a separate brain,, although.. but our sub-conscious mind controls our dreams.. and Sub-conscious means "Involuntary"... afterall, our sub-conscious mind doesn't need consciousness to depend on.... which means the person himself CANNOT CONTROL dreaming..!!

"and the optimism is also affected by the moods of the person!!!" = No..!! It is NOT..!!.... Dreaming is involuntary action... Then how can the person's optimism get controlled by the mood..???..

Mood is asleep as the person is asleep..

Optimism comes when you are awake... You derive optimism from the things you notice around... Optimism CANNOT be generated inside.... It is triggered by other things that we sense... Dreams being one way of triggering optimism,, The nature's way...!!..

"one can't dream of a happy life on his own " = That is why dreaming is involuntary..!!

| Side: Yes they should
1 point

I think they should be. Sometimes, it is a happier place. Then the place that you are when you are awake.

| Side: Yes they should
1 point

I think dreams should be remembered bcuz smetme dreams make smeones career and thats true. There are some people who made their career from their dreams.

| Side: Yes they should
1 point

think they should because what if dreams are what some people believe them to be? A way to see the future? If we always forget our dreams then we could possibly be forgetting what is to come. Not saying I completly believe in that, but I am open-minded.and if u dont belive this than see steve job the founder of apple company. Albert inestine depend on their dream.

| Side: Yes they should
1 point

i belive in some of ur points but Dreams are a succession of images, ideas, emotions and sensations occurring involuntarily in the mind during certain stages of sleep.and i also know tat 95 r;eams are not remembered by aperson but 5% of dream makes some ones future

| Side: Yes they should
1 point

i belive wat u say but some dreams are important for a person in his lf and which he has to remember it for long

| Side: Yes they should
1 point

As to remembering them or not... these dreams may act as an inspiration for such hopeless people who have had a miserable life. It is inspiring.. a more optimistic approach towards life.

So I don’t see any harm in remembering them..!!.... :)

| Side: Yes they should
1 point

Sorry Sorry..!! d same argument got posted twice..!!... EDIT..!!

| Side: Yes they should

Dreams should always be remembered. There ought to be a law against people who forget their dreams ;)

| Side: Yes they should
itsmeagain(27) Disputed
1 point

thats so not true. what if you forgot your dream once? should you be punished on that basis? (sorry to say that)

| Side: No they should not

The internet is in great need of a sarcastic font ; )

| Side: No they should not

Yes, you should remember your dreams because dreams can be amazing and who wouldn't want to remember them? They're wonderful things that really show what you're thinking about, they're just flat out interesting, and sometimes, you never want them to end. Why would you want to forget them? They're so unique, I think every dream is art!

| Side: Yes they should
1 point

It's be cool If I can use DVR to record my dreams so I can watch them later! Even the nightmares! :D

I want to remember those sweet dreams of me and the girls I like :)

I also want to see my nightmares to see how ridiculous they are or if they are actually scary, I can enjoy a good horror film :O

I also want to see all those times when I'm actually aware that I'm in a dream and manipulating it to my whim.

I think it'd be cool remembering those dreams :)

| Side: Yes they should
3 points

Dreams are the brain's way of organizing thought. The brain is more complex than the largest super computer in the world (now in China btw) but weighs only like 8lbs. It needs to cool off each night. Why college students really shouldn't stay up all night studying.

Now, I agree it would be cool if dreams were remembered. Mine are bad ass in this completely fantastic land with crazy ass rock formations and there's always a tidal wave pending and I'm trying to pirate a ship to save the princess or catch a serial killer who leaves bones in this crazy ass well... shut up Freud.

Anyway, it's a mistake when you remember. It just means you woke up too early. You shouldn't remember dreams, but now and then it is nice for a diversion.

Interesting point about dreams, perhaps the weirdest phenomenon and why many a "witch" were burned.

There is a point in REM when your body is paralyzed. If half of your brain awakes in this state before the other half, you'll perceive your dreams as reality... as if you are awake.

Now you're partly conscious, so it's never super out of control, but the most common feelings are 1. a pressure on the chest as if someone is trying to smother you. 2. a bright light. 3. a shady character just out of eyesight. 4. being watched but unable to move and see who's there.

This was thought to be "evil spirits" in medieval times, and later witches cursing you.

The problem is, you are never in this state long enough to "think logically" yet you are awake so you would swear up and down it happened unless you are aware of the specific phenomenon and its cause.

Had one and it freaked me out enough (though I don't believe in sillines) to look it up.

| Side: No they should not
2 points

I had one of those on new years. Fucked me up for ages. Symptoms are pretty similar except I didn't see a bright light... it was more like a flashing of darkness (and the relatively less dark room I was sleeping in). I also wasn't really asleep, it happened when I was trying to sleep. There was a lot more to it but seeing as you don't believe in 'silliness' I won't bother going into it.

| Side: No they should not
1 point

Yeah, when I said they don't get too crazy, I mean there won't be a dinosaur in your room or anything. Those things listed are just the most common phenomenons.

But actually you can have some sense of very real things, and often you think you haven't actually slept at all yet. You would swear in fact you had just jumped in bed in some cases, but it's a trick of the mind.

My guess is you had exactly what I described. Mine for instance was a bit more, and why it shook me enough to read up quite a bit on it. I actually thought my roommate had banged on my bedroom door LV Metro Police style, I was paralyzed as I described and felt something was on my chest, and swore that this all happened while awake.

Obviously shaken by the paralysis and feeling on my chest and curious why my roommate was banging on my door at 3am, once fully awake I went to tell him what had just happened... not home. He was at work and no one had knocked on my bedroom door.

Knowing nothing of what this could be I couldn't fall back asleep so started trying to figure it out.

1. I'd have to rethink my stance on ghosts not existing or

2. There was a logical explanation.

Naturally 2 was correct.

| Side: No they should not
1 point

OK, but what if i am remembering my dream as I'm dreaming it. Like I can't wake up, but whatever is happening in my head as I'm sleeping I remember? Does that mean I still woke up to early?

| Side: No they should not
1 point

Yeah. You sleep in stages of apx 45 minutes - why actually the right amount of sleep is 7.5 not 8 hours but it's taking into account the time it takes to fall asleep then get out of bed in the morning.

During these 45 minute increments you start partly awake and gradually fall into full REM - this is the point where for a short time your body is actually paralyzed - and where if for whatever reason part of your brain awakens you have a "night terror" which is the phenomenom I described above.

After a short period of REM, you again gradually "wake up" from that state to a lighter stage of sleep. If you complete the full 45 minute increment then begin the next one during your sleep, you will forget your dream completely. If you awake at any period before the full increment is complete you will have what you describe as "remembering my dream as I'm dreaming it."

Naturally if you fully awaken and give it effort, you will remember your dream. Mostly we remember it clearly for a few minutes but then it drifts away as we become fully awake.

| Side: No they should not
1 point

I don't think they should. It is best the way it is where only truly memorable dreams are remembered. If all you dreams where remembered think about how much your brain would start confusing it with reality.

| Side: No they should not
1 point

Dreams are nothing but a rearrangement of all the visualizations of our daily routine, though they have no resemblance to real events. Some say they indicate to future prophecies many a times, which i must say is completely impractical and nothing even debatable! Even viewing dreams signify a restless sleep : you see a person dreaming sleeps quite restlessly, you are often sleep deprived or drowsy or aghast after a horror dream! Dreams are best forgotten, 'cos it's no good thinking over an unrealistic dream and wasting time over it thinking of improbable mishaps, all of them too insignificant and worthless!!!

| Side: No they should not
1 point

Live always in present rather than being afraid of things which are never gonna happen even! It is indeed silly and childish!!! Talking of if they should be remembered, mostly dreams are automatically forgotten. Most of us see dreams nearly every night we sleep, but a very few are remembered after we wake up. And even the few which we do ain't worth remembering even if the dream is what you ever wanted to visualize...a pleasant one...'cos it clearly is untruth...and living in a world of untruth, fiction and myths has never been good...those who do are termed no better than MAD!!! Dreams are insignificant as long as we don't control them ourselves, and then they will be not much different from our imaginations reaching new heights in the extra time we can get to spend on them and visualize the possible occurrences of any event more efficiently!

| Side: No they should not
1 point

sorry, but the dream u r talkin abt is more of an ambition whc every person has in his or her life...not like d dream whc we see in a night tym and wake up in d mornin thinkin over it!!! sumtyms it does happen an idea occurs in a dream only...but every case has an exception...and it is always quite a risky thing to go for...since it was only just a dream!!! :D

| Side: No they should not
1 point

"dreams are what some people believe them to be" --- somewhat agreed...but dreams keep you away from harsh realities which is better to be faced bravely rather than runnin from it till it becomes a necessity! you can't evade what is meant to happen...nd if u want to live in a world of dreams...itz better if u sleep...cuz till u r awake this cruel world won't let u survive!!!

| Side: No they should not
Rose123(20) Disputed
1 point

Agreed dat “this cruel world doesn’t let u survive if u dream”…

But,, you won’t let YOURSELF survive if you don’t dream….

And I think the latter is worser..!!...

| Side: Yes they should
1 point

HAHAHAHAHA!!!! u r talkin as if u really do control ur dreams...or any of ur well - wisher does..!! no DREAM can possibly sooth u as long as it takes u away from from the truth...the bitter one...!! and it is always better to face it, as i mentioned earlier too..!!! considering people who hav lost their hopes what good will they do by dreaming unrealistic and never to happen things? it will give them more of disappointment every time rather than soothing them for a little time being!! will he or she look out for a new dream every time for the sake of 'distraction'??? won't it be more optimistic to struggle against the misfortunes rather than living in a fantastical, unrealistic and illusionary world??? dreams can be desirable...for a short term being...but they definitely don't do anything for the greater good!!! a positive approach towards life...which leads to nowhere since it's only just a dream...!!! :P :D

| Side: No they should not
1 point

"what if dreams are what people believe them to be?" >>> it will still be a DREAM!!! what good a dream can possibly do as long as u don't work on it! which doesn't seem to be the case usually....

considering a person who has faced a brutal break-up keeps on dreaming of a more perfect and happy life with his/her lost mate...won't ever live in happiness since the dream can never be possible...is never good for him...but he being a pitiable and erring human outta his minds keeps on brooding over it...!!! now if he/she were living in reality then he/she would have very bravely faced it...!!!

albert einstein too didn't dream of his innovations and theories lying on his bed dreaming about the solar system!!! it was his LIVE thinking, creativity and was based on many scientific theories and arguments...!!!

a dream can sometimes be good to be seen...but living an unrealistic dream is as worse as living a false expectation...which will never be fulfilled..!!! u say some dreams are important for a person which he TENDS to remember for long...never knowing that living in reality is all that is needed nowadays...since it was only just a dream!!! :D

| Side: No they should not
1 point

it is really appreciable that you are open-minded...!!! i too am just and open-minded...only difference is that my mind has no room for supernaturally superstitious beliefs...i believe something to be proved scientifically first rather than living in myths and disbeliefs! maybe it is not a positive thing...but whatever i believe can never be doubted...it is always a complete truth...not a dreamy vague myth...'cos i never doubt my beliefs!!!!

| Side: No they should not
1 point

Also,considering what you said, I think a dream can rarely sooth a mis-fortunate person. You say that a dream can be a distraction and a new ray of hope, but that will be a rare exception for such person! Because as you mentioned earlier dreams signify that you are bothering over a situation for a long time; then how come a dream be so optimistic as to change my mind! A dream haunting such a person will always be of the same kind, i.e. pessimist and disheartening! Yet do you really consider there's no harm in remembering them? :D

| Side: No they should not
1 point

They are just a distraction to real life. Meaning that it affects your real life.

| Side: No they should not
1 point

no , what if i had a horror dream and should it be remembered?

| Side: No they should not
Rose123(20) Disputed
1 point

"Horror dreams" are called NIGHT-MARES..!!.. And we are only talking about pure, harmless "Dreams".. :)

| Side: Yes they should
itsmeagain(27) Disputed
1 point

i know what a nightmare is and surely it is not mentioned that one should only write on "pure, harmless 'Dreams'".

| Side: No they should not
1 point

As you see, dreams are usually forgotten in less than 5 minutes even! Even the nature wants us to live in full consciousness rather than your sub-conscious dreams!!! :P

| Side: No they should not
Rose123(20) Disputed
2 points

But still nature WANTS us to dream.... something that you probably think is "useless"....

But still we do spend our energy on this useless activity, dreaming.....

Perhaps, there is a reason why nature wants us to dream..!!... Perhaps, it's not that use-less too..... :D

and as to the 5 minute thing - Nature has a gradual process of Evolution... Don't worry,, human minds will evolve... and hopefully, would start remembering dreams longer.... :)

| Side: Yes they should
DSVIRTUO(17) Disputed
2 points

nothing productive is done without purpose dear...nature has given us d ability to dream 'cos it has also given us the ability to think and process what we see and hear...!!! dreaming is a process which helps us to arrange our daily thoughts and visualizations in a sequential manner so that you don't 'forget' those events...its important for our own recollections...but this process involves certain flaws as well including formation of stories from our sensual recalls...false stories as they can't predict future and our mind isn't conscious enough to 'remember' any true past event...!!! 5 mins are really sufficient for that...its just that it involves a li'l many flaws which may hopefully be remedied through the 'Evolution'!!! :)

| Side: No they should not
1 point

An article I found which you guys too might find useful for debating, I think : -

Dreaming, form of mental activity, different from waking thought, that occurs during sleep. The nature of dream activity has been characterized by many clinical and laboratory studies. These studies show that dreams are more perceptual than conceptual: Things are seen and heard rather than thought. In terms of the senses, visual experience is present in almost all dreams; auditory experience in 40 to 50 percent; and touch, taste, smell, and pain in a relatively small percentage. A considerable amount of emotion is commonly present—usually a single, stark emotion such as fear, anger, or joy rather than the modulated emotions that occur in the waking state. Most dreams are in the form of interrupted stories, made up partly of memories, with frequent shifts of scene.

This broad characterization includes a great variety of dream experiences. Many dreams collected in sleep laboratories are rather ordinary, but most people have at least some bizarre dreams. At the start of the 20th century Sigmund Freud proposed that a mental process quite different from that used in the waking state dominates the dreaming mind. He described this “primary process” as characterized by more primitive mechanisms, by rapid shifts in energy and emotions, and by a good deal of sexual and aggressive content derived from childhood.

Research in recent years has clarified many of these aspects of dreaming, but what may be of greatest significance has been the discovery of a biology of dreaming (see Sleep). Starting with the work of American sleep researchers Eugene Aserinsky and Nathaniel Kleitman in 1953, studies have shown that a dream does not consist of fleeting imagery that occurs while a person awakens from sleep, but instead a dream takes place during a biological state of its own.

Thus, two clearly distinguishable states of sleep exist. The first state, called S-synchronized sleep, or NREM-sleep (non-rapid-eye-movement sleep), occupies most of the sleep period and is associated with a relatively low pulse and blood pressure, little activation of the autonomic nervous system, and few or no reports of dreaming. The second type of sleep, known as D-sleep (dreaming, or desynchronized, sleep), or REM-sleep (rapid-eye-movement sleep), occurs cyclically during the sleep period and is characterized by activation of the autonomic nervous system, rapid eye movements, and frequent dream reports. Typically, a person has four or five periods of D-sleep during the night, whether the dreams are remembered often, rarely, or not at all; they occur at intervals of about 90 minutes and altogether constitute about 25 percent of the night’s sleep (as much as 50 percent in a newborn child). Evidence indicates that a dream period usually lasts from 5 to 20 minutes.

Such stimuli as sounds and touches impinging on a dreamer can be incorporated into a dream if they occur during a D-period. These stimuli, however, do not initiate a D-period if one is not already in progress, so that, at least in such cases, dreams do not protect sleep in the way that Freud suggested. Although mental activity may be reported during NREM-sleep, these are usually short, fragmented, thoughtlike experiences.

The recounting of dreams has been used widely as part of clinical treatment. If dreams express important wishes, fears, concerns, and worries of the dreamer, the study and analysis of dreams can help reveal previously unknown aspects of a person’s mental functioning.

Imp Note : Dreams may reflect a fundamental aspect of mammalian memory processing. Crucial information acquired during the waking state may be reprocessed during sleep!

Microsoft ® Encarta ® 2009. © 1993-2008 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

| Side: No they should not
1 point

When you remember a dream it is due to waking up before you should have, so no you should not remember dreams.

| Side: No they should not
0 points

No, because if you remembered all your dreams then they wouldn't be special anymore.

| Side: No they should not


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