The Velvet Mind - Article  
Why do we dream?


Why do we dream?

    The role of dreaming and the REM state is now central to an understanding of depression and the human givens approach…

… Therefore, a new website is now available as a resource to explain the expectation fulfilment theory of dreaming. This is the first viable theory of why we evolved to dream that describes what dreams actually do for us every night.

Prompted by the recognition that one of his own dreams was a metaphorical translation of something that happened the previous day, Joe Griffin set off on what was to become a twelve-year research programme. During this time, he carefully reviewed all the available scientific evidence about dreaming together with the competing theories put forward to explain it, as well as conducting much original research of his own.

There are three essential principles of the theory to understand:

1. Dreams are metaphorical translations of waking expectations.
2. However, only expectations that cause emotional arousals that are not acted upon during the day become dreams during sleep.
3. Dreaming deactivates that emotional arousal by completing the expectation pattern metaphorically, freeing the brain to respond afresh to each new day

The theory also explains:

• why dreams can be so bizarre
• why dreams can feel so meaningful
• why we dream in metaphor
• why we evolved to forget our dreams
• what the REM state is
• how hypnosis works
• the cycle of depression and how you can inoculate yourself against it
• the link between dreaming and psychosis
• how to interpret your own dreams

This exciting new theory which has many practical applications in psychotherapy including the treatment of depression and psychosis.

If you would like to learn more about this new website, you are very welcome to visit

If you have any comments or questions please email

Andersen Counselling & Advice, Chelmsford, Essex UK.
Andersen Counselling © 2005-2011. All rights reserved. Created by CWD
  Distance Learning
  Information on Distance Learning
  Find out more about Distance Learning