Why do we dream?
Joe Griffin reviews past theories and new research findings (which add further evidence for his own theory) as he tells the riveting story of how he solved the mystery of our dreams…
Why does Nature select certain experiences to be the subject of our dreams? Why do they feel so meaningful to us? And what purpose do they serve?
Fascinating - makes a lot of sense!Support Worker
Why take this course
The renowned Irish psychologist Joe Griffin’s illuminating lecture answers these questions and many more as he takes us through the story of how he solved the mystery of why we dream – and discovered at the same time the significance of dreaming for our mental health.
In the 20 years since Griffin first published his hypothesis, every new piece of dream and sleep research has substantiated it – none has contradicted it.
In this talk, he examines the evidence and explains why other dream theories fail to come up with satisfactory answers. (His own 12 year research project was prompted by the realisation that the discovery of the REM state in 1953 meant Freudian and Jungian dream theories were ‘dead in the water’.)
Whilst describing his own experiments and the key ‘light bulb’ moments which finally helped him solve this age-old mystery, he takes us on a fasincating exploration of the significance of various scientific findings in the field – some previously overlooked – before demonstrating how his expectation fulfilment theory of dreams succinctly pulls them together into a powerful explanation that makes absolute evolutionary and common sense. Nature, as ever, has been clever and economical.
I appreciated how such a complex theory was expressed in a way that anyone could relate to and understand. Many ThanksNiki
What you will learn
- The auto-symbolic process
- Why all dreams have to be metaphorical to prevent false memories building up
- Metaphorical pattern-matching
- Why we evolved to suppress emotions
- Why dreaming was Nature’s way of conserving energy
- Why dreaming evolved to maintain the integrity of mammalian instincts
- The connection between unfulfilled emotional expectations and nightmares
- Dream predictions
- Why all mammals dream
- and more…
Who is this course suitable for?
- If you deal professionally with members of the public in difficult, stressful circumstances, this course – presented without jargon – is for you
- If you counsel or treat angry people, this training is for you
- If anger is affecting you personally – or you would simply like to deepen your understanding of anger and its effects – this course will be of benefit to you too
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The many insights and practical applications that have stemmed from Griffin’s highly original work intro why we dream have huge significance for us all – and they have been quietly revolutionising the successful treatment of mental health and behavioural problems for years through the human givens approach to psychology, psychotherapy and education, co-founded by Joe Griffin and Ivan Tyrrell.
(You can read more about the new insights stemming from the approach here.)
I found this really interesting - Joe obviously spent a lot of time researching his ideas which have major implications for our understanding of the human mind – everything has a purpose in Nature, and this explanation of the role dreaming plays is the best I've heard. And the proof is in how much else his theory explains, eg. the profound link with depression. I recommend this lecture.Lisa
The presentation given by Joe Griffin was engaging and easy to understand. The information was both fascinating and educational. A most enjoyable hour.Christine
Well presented lecture, well structured, good audio and visual. Really helped consolidate my understanding which I gained from the Human Givens book I'm currently reading through. Thank you for making this available free.Richard