Lucid Dreaming

A sleep outreach project by the students of UC Berkeley's Psych 133 Class - Fall 2009

Now that you all know a little but more about lucid dreaming, you're probably wondering one of two things (or maybe even more). For starters, why would anyone want to lucid dream? (There are pretty obvious answers to this one). But probably a more complicated question would be, why would anyone not want to lucid dream? I've compiled a short list of descriptions of the pros and cons that have been proven to be effects of lucid dreaming, so read on!


Pros (or why you would want to lucid dream!):
Adventure and excitement
This is a pretty obvious one... I mean, who wouldn't want to fly or have super powers? ;D
Social practicality
Lucid dreams are useful for practicing social situations that would you would otherwise only have one chance at, such as first impressions and interviews.
Nightmare inhibition
Perhaps the most practical use for lucid dreaming, if you can control your dreams or at least recognize that they are not real, it is possible to alleviate the fear produced in a nightmare.
Problem solving
Has there some problem that's been bothering you for a while? Or you can't figure out some math question in your homework? Maybe your dreams can help you! Much in the same way that you can practice social situations, you may gain more insight into solutions to certain dilemmas.

Cons (or possible dangers):
Addiction
Have you ever heard that too much of a good thing could be bad for you? Something that could be good and wonderful to begin with could turn into something dangerous if abused. If you find yourself thinking about lucid dreaming more about your waking life, it is probably a good indicator that you should hold off on it for a while.
Alienation
Just as it is possible for everyone to lucid dream, it would follow that not everyone lucid dreams. Even if it seems that no one around you knows what lucid dreaming is, rest assured that there are other people out there who are experiencing the same things as you.
Dissociation
Because lucid dreaming has the potential to make the impossible possible, it can become difficult to distinguish dreams from reality. An example of this would be difficulty in recognizing which memories were made in waking life and which occurred in a dream.

All in all, lucid dreaming is a fun experience to experiment with but, as with any new and exciting venture, must be practiced responsibly to get the most out of it.

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