Lucid Dreaming : Theory, Induction and Application
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What occurs in the varying stages of sleep is well understood, but it is not exactly clear why they occur. In other words, it is still unknown what purposes, if any, dreams serve. Although, more is being discovered about how to control one's dreams which is known as conscious or lucid dreaming. Theories are constantly be tweaked or altered. From Sigmund Freud and his belief that dreams are a result of internal conflict, to Stephen LaBerge and his belief that dreams can be used recreationally as well as in gaining deeper insights into one's psyche, the psychological community has made some significant strides understanding the possibilities of dreams. Since it is difficult to conduct research on such a precarious topic, progress has been slow. There is a lot researchers already do know, however, about how to induce and sustain lucid dreams. Besides the findings of studies, a lot can be learned from those who incorporated their dreams into their lives in meaningful ways. Throughout time, people from varying cultures and time periods have viewed dreams in extremely diverse ways. It is necessary continue lucid dream research as well as incorporate these multicultural and past uses of lucid dreaming in order to understand the phenomenon more fully.