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Tuesday, 12 July 2022

What does Psychology say about Lucid Dreams?

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The common perception about lucid dreaming is that LD brings psychological resilience to people. They assist a person get rid of his PSTSs or horrible nightmares. Moreover, lucid dreams are usable as psychological therapy to improve mental health. That’s why peoples induce LD voluntarily to overcome their fears and anxiety disorders.

According to Dresler et al. (2015), lucid dreams can help patients with schizophrenia to understand their impairments. Lucid dreamers have a powerful insight into their Dreams. And this ability improves their psychological perception of different events.

Despite all these positive impacts, some researchers mention that frequent induction of lucid dreams may cause damage to the mental health of people. People experiencing intense lucid dreams are unable to monitor reality. The blurring of the borderline between the waking world and dreams pushes such peoples towards psychosis-proneness. Recent research published in 2018 describes the harmful psychological effects of Lucid Dreams on the health of lucid dreamers.

How do Lucid Dreams Relate to Psychology?

Lucid dreams have positive effects on the mental and psychological health of people. However, different case studies mention that evidence of psychopathology appears in people’s experiencing fierce lucid dreams. Research conducted by Allan in 2019 showed that lucid dreamers face dream-reality confusion. Such people may fall prey to different personality disorders. Similarly, another study organized by Aviram & Soffer-Dudek in 2018 mentions that using inductive techniques like Mnemonic induction of lucid dreams and the Wake back to bed for LD can increase depression and anxiety.

What Makes Lucid Dreams Important in Psychology?

Clinical applications of lucid dreams increased their importance in psychology. They are a part of different therapies in which depressed peoples induce LD voluntarily to get rid of their nightmares or sleep paralysis.

The European Science Foundation workshop also formulated a relationship between Lucid dreams and psychosis. The conductors of the workshop highlighted that a person has a similar mental interpretation in both LD and psychosis. Both lucid dreamers and psychopathic patients perceive themselves as a part of some virtual reality and try to enjoy their fantasies through these hallucinations.

The similarity between the two conditions brought the lucid dreamers into the spotlight. However, scientists are still figuring out whether the induction of lucid dreams is beneficial or not.

Is Lucid Dreaming a Psychological Disorder?

A lucid dream is a peculiar nature of the human brain in which a sleeping person knows that he is dreaming. Although, the neurobiological reasons for the LD are still controversial. But lucid dreams are not a psychological disorder. Scientifically, it is the mental consciousness of a person while sleeping and appears during rapid eye movement.

According to research, LD and psychotic disorders are also contradictory phenomena. Psychosis is the invasion of dream-like or hallucinatory conditions while sleeping. Contrary to it, lucid dreams rely on mental consciousness during sleep.

Due to some harmful impacts of lucid dreaming, scientists discredited using Lucid dreams as a clinical therapy. But the apprehension of the similarities between LD and psychotic disorders signals that lucid dreaming is useable as a novel therapeutic process for mental impairments.


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