We all see dreams. Sometimes our dreams can be comforting and cozy scenes to spend night at, and sometimes they can take us to some really horrible and terrifying places. Most of us would think that there can not be an element of control, except just a small part: some studies have shown that our dreams are usually reflecting the events that we lived through the day. However, today’s scientists are convinced that we actually can control and rule our dreams. Moreover, it was recently discovered that it is possible to use the environment of our dreamworld for training our personality and developing very important skills like decision making, being more resistive to negative effects of stresses, as well as numerous other cognitive skills.
Very often, when our sleep enters the phase of lucid dreaming, we find ourselves being still technically asleep but already very close to actually being awake. That is the time when we are very close to controlling our dreams, and those who can actually be in command of their dreams have quite a lot of advantages. As the studies in Bonn University have shown, being able to manipulate and control own dreams makes a dreamer wake up with a very clear mind and with a slight feeling of euphoria.
Besides, a group of scientists at Yale University led by Dr. Peter Morgan, found out that those people who can take control over their dreams have better function of the brain’s ventromedial prefrontal cortex: in particular, such people have shown much better performance in such activities as playing card games or gambling. This way, a group of Dr Morgan can to the conclusions that using controlled lucid dreaming as a therapy can assist greatly every person in developing better cognitive skills, improve own social control, master more effective decision making skills, and so on.
Other benefits that those who can control their lucid dreams can take advantage from include less risks of developing mental problems and psychological disorders like inability to focus, a lack of social skills, behavioral problems, and many others. Those are the findings of a group of Austrian psychologists led by Georg Gittler and Evelyn Doll, which were published in International Journal of Dream Research in October, 2009. According to Doll, those individuals who have the abilities to control their dreams usually have a more realistic self-esteem, tend to act with more of self-confidence and generally have greater satisfaction with life.