Nightmares Are Rewarding

Sleeping WomanAccording to Finnish psychologist Atti Revonsuo, nightmares are actually positive experiences and even more – they are crucial for human race to survive. He claims all nightmares – like of falling down, being chased by monstrous animals, losing teeth or getting kicked out of school – emerge from our collective unconscious that contains experiences of human civilization repeatedly confronted with perilous challenges over the history.

Nightmares are a kind of training for facing real-life dangers. Experiences we get from nightmares make us less vulnerable to possible sudden turn of events. According to Revonsuo, nightmares create necessary nervous bonds in our subconscious mind ensuring we act effectively and almost by instinct in moments of extreme danger. So when you wake up from nightmare next time, you’d better think of all benefits it brings to you.

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