Lucid Dreams Are Useful For Practical Life
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Pro Argues: Lucid Dreams Are Useful For Practical Life
Con Argues: Lucid Dreams Are Not Useful For Practical Life
Lucid Dream: A lucid dream is a dream during which the dreamer is aware that they are dreaming .
Useful: Effective; helping you to do or achieve something .
Practical Life: Practical life is an area in the Montessori philosophy that encompasses, well, skills practical to everyday life .
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- LD Therapy. Nightmare; although may sound casual to some, is indeed a medical issue that many people struggle with. Such recurring nightmares might just affect a healthy life very easily. Dr, Denholm Aspy from University of Adelaide, Australia introduced "Lucid Dreaming Therapy" to challenge such recurring nightmares from happening. According to him, using in therapy to avoid nightmares is the best use of the art of lucid dreaming . In an interview with Medical News Today (MNT), Dr. Aspy states,
“If you can help someone who’s having nightmares to become lucid during that nightmare. Then that gives them the ability to exert control over themselves or over the nightmare itself.”“[L]et’s say you’re being attacked by someone in a nightmare. You could try to talk to the attacker. You could ask them, ‘Why are you appearing in my dreams?’ or ‘What do you need to resolve this conflict with me?'”“Some people take on superpowers or special abilities, [so] they can fight back against the attacker. And then you can also try to escape, so things like flying away, or even doing techniques to deliberately wake up from the nightmare.”
- Overcoming Phobia. Dealing with different types of phobias has always released a demand for therapeutic interference. Luckily Dr. Aspy indicated towards this aspect of LD as well. He means,
“If a person has a particular phobia, then their lucid dream environment […] provides an interesting opportunity to do things like exposure therapy, where you gradually expose yourself to the thing you’re afraid of, in an attempt to gradually overcome that fear.”
"This is definitely not mainstream research. There are some people who say that dreams are nonsense and aren’t worth investigating. Critics say that you can’t really be sure people are dreaming, and some of the field studies we’ve done—including the coin toss study—haven’t yet been replicated in a sleep lab. But there is substantive research here. It has been well established that athletes who mentally rehearse an activity can improve their performance, and it makes sense that dreams can achieve the same effect."
"In one experiment we asked participants to dream about doing deep knee bends. Even though their bodies weren’t moving, their heart and respiration rates increased slightly as if they were exercising. So your brain is responding to the dream movements in similar ways, and that allows you to use dreams as a simulation. You can learn from that."
“I only trained with [John Smith - World Wrestling Legend: 2-time Gold Medalist, 4-Time World Champion] 45-60 minutes per night while I was lucid dreaming. I went on to have my best career season, which culminated with a more than 20-0 record before the national championships […] I’ve since used lucid dreaming to accelerate skill acquisition, reactivate forgotten languages in less time, cultivate zen-like present state awareness and decrease needless stress.”
if something has a net neutral or negative effect, then it should not be considered useful. Every time you LD you risk both the negatives and the positives. To only look at one is absurd.