Dreams are something that truly fascinate me! I have lucid dreams on a regular basis and record these dreams in a journal each morning when I wake up. For my short blog post I decided to take a look at the differences between the way men and women dream. I was curious to find out if men tend to have more violent dreams and if women have more gender stereotypical dreams such as appearance, babies, and clothing. After doing some research many studies have shown that females dreams involve less aggression. They tend to dream more about stereotypical girly things, such as physical appearance, talking, and emotions. (This is not true for me). For the males, 1 out of 4 experience dreams that show aggressiveness in some way.
- have nightmares more often then men do
- These bad dreams usually consist of fearful dreams, confused dreams, and losing a loved one
- Womens nightmares involve more negative self-perceptions and failures compared to males bad dreams
- Women’s sexual dreams involve more kissing then about have actual intercourse
- Dreams usually last longer than males and involve more characters (familiar faces from social life or family)
- typically set indoor or in a place that the woman is familiar with
- pay closer attention to the physical details of the people in their dreams than men
- dream about sex more often and more intensely than women do and usually includes an unknown sexual partner
- frequently include violence, cars, weapons, and work related issues
- more often the dream takes place outside or in an unfamiliar environment
- tend to have more men in their dreams
I was curious if this was generally the same for men and women around the world and later in the article my question was answered.
Calvin Hall and Bill Domhoff investigated if these differences were cross-cultural or just specific to the United States. They compared dreams from such diverse cultures as Nigeria and Scotland, from Australian aborigines and Native American Hopi, and many other groups. It seems that it is the same story around the world
I thought it was neat to learn that during a women’s menstrual cycle, their dreams are more violent and filled with images of blood and wounds. The blood part makes sense to me, but i am curious what makes females dreams more violent while they are on their period.
In this youtube clip Joe Rogan talks about chemicals that are released in our brain every night that we are asleep. I found this very interesting!! http://youtu.be/5r-MXPk1_M0