Dreams serve the purpose of retelling stories in a positive way

Source: TDM

Source: TDM

This month Teresa Paiva appeared as a guest on RTP 2 program Sociedade Civil (Civil Society), hosted by journalist Luís Castro, on the theme of dreams. The neurologist and expert in sleep medicine said that “dreams play the fundamental role of ensuring our survival and emotional control”. “Babies, for example, dream about a lot in the mother’s womb, even more than when they are born”, she added. “Dreams are a learning process. The baby dreams of breastfeeding, which is what he does when he is born (…) There are connections that are made in our brain during dreams which make us more creative. People who do not dream are less creative.”

“Dreams also contribute to affirm our species’ identity. We often dream with running, talking, discussing, losing someone. Those are ancient things, there is a perpetuation of the species through dreams”, she adds. Teresa Paiva believes that “dreams also the purpose of solving post-traumatic stress problems, by retelling the stories in a positive way. A while after the kidnapping in BES in which I found myself involved a few years ago, I dreamed that I had managed to escape. I thought, OK, I have worked it out.” She also explained that “at the beginning of the night we usually dream about things of everyday life. By the end of the night the mixture is more complex, involving issues that concern us.”

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