5 Reasons Why You Dream

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Have you ever noticed that your dreams always involve you? Don't worry; dreams are naturally egocentric because they typically reflect one of your deep desires or concerns. In Sigmund Freud's influential book, The Interpretation of Dreams, he suggests that dreams are the direct result of repressed emotions and they might represent unconscious thoughts, wishes or desires.

In dreams, your subconscious can uncover the wishes that your conscious mind has learned to repress. Maybe that dream about you driving a racecar made of cheese wasn't so foolish after all; it could just be your subconscious desire to be the best NASCAR driver ever sponsored by Kraft.

Adapted from 500 Dreams Interpreted, © 2009 Publications International, Ltd.

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