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“The air rushes past my face, whipping my hair into my eyes as I plunge into the dark.
I blindly reach in the blackness for something, anything, to grab.
After what feels like an eternity — bam! I wake up in bed, and usually with a start.
Sound familiar? If it’s not falling, perhaps you dream of flying or being chased.
Most of us experience these so-called “typical dreams” during our lifetime.
Around three-quarters of people dream of falling, for instance, and that rate is similar across cultures.
So given the incredibly rich and complex creativity of the dreaming brain, why do some themes routinely appear?
In his 1899 book The Interpretation of Dreams, Sigmund Freud chalked falling dreams up to anxiety with — surprise, surprise — erotic undertones.
While your state of mind can influence whether your dream is nice or nasty, Freud’s hypotheses have, for the most part, fallen out of favour.
But delve into the inner working of the brain, and there are neuroscience explanations for typical dream themes.”
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