why do we have dreams,and when we do what makes us dream about what we dream about...
like last night i had a dream about eating nails (not nail clipping real nails), what does that mean, and what made it happen?
People are still studying 'dreaming'. (This is from Wikipedia)
A dream is the experience of envisioned images, sounds, or other sensations during sleep. The events of dreams are often impossible or unlikely to occur in physical reality, and are usually outside the control of the dreamer. The exception is lucid dreaming, in which a dreamer realizes that s/he is dreaming, and is sometimes even capable of changing the oneiric reality around him or her and controlling various aspects of the dream, in which the suspension of disbelief is broken. Dreamers may experience strong emotions while dreaming. Frightening or upsetting dreams are referred to as nightmares. The discipline of dream research is oneirology.
Paranormal interpretations of dreams
Oneiromancy, prediction of the future through the interpretation of dreams, holds great credence in ancient Judeo-Christianity: in the Tanakh, Jacob, Joseph and Daniel are given the ability to interpret dreams by Yahweh; in the New Testament, divine inspiration comes as a dream to Saint Joseph, the husband of Mary, when the Angel Gabriel spoke to him in a dream and told him that the baby Mary was carrying was the Son of God. After the visit of the Three Wise Men to them in Bethlehem, an angel appeared to him and told him to take Mary and Jesus to Egypt for their safety. The angel appeared again in a dream to tell him when it was safe to return to Israel. The story of Saint Patrick and his conversion of the people of Ireland also features dreaming. When Patrick was enslaved in Antrim he was told by God in a dream that there was a boat waiting in Wicklow to bring him back to his homeland.
In Islam, good dreams are considered to be from God and bad dreams from Satan .
Western philosophers of a sceptical bent (notably René Descartes, although he was in fact attempting to disprove scepticism in his meditations) have pointed out that dream experiences are indistinguishable from "real" events from the viewpoint of the dreamer, and so no objective basis exists for determining whether one is dreaming or awake at any given instant. One must, they argue, accept the reality of the waking world on the basis of faith. Scientific evidence on lucid dreaming provides a counter-argument to this theory as in the 1980s lucid dreamers were able to demonstrate to researchers that they were consciously aware of being in a dream state by using eye movement signals
As we dream our brain goes through a sort of defragmentation process. During this process visuals are often cued along with emotions and senses. Much of what you dream has some connection to your thoughts and/or actions from the previous day. There are some things however that have nothing to do with your day and are more or less things bubbling up from your subconscious. If you're feeling stressed out, you will have a stressful drea, if you're feeling happy you'll have good dreams. Nightmares are typically caused by stress.
In your dream where you ate nails, perhaps you were thinking of the term "tough as nails" or you were around nails the previous day. Iron is required in your diet anyway =)
WE HAVE DREAMS TO SOMETIMES ESCAPE OUR REALITY AND WE HAVE DREAMS TO CHANGE OUR REALITY. IT ALL DEPENDS ON WHAT IS TAKING PLACE IN OUR IMMEDIATE CONSCIOUSNESS AS WELL AS THE SUBCONSCIOUS. NAILS ARE SYMBOLIC OF FASTENERS THINGS TO HOLD OBJECTS IN PLACE OR TO KEEP SOMETHING WHOLE IF YOU ARE DREAMING OF EATING NAILS THEN PERHAPS YOU SHOULD TAKE A LOOK AT WHAT IS HAPPENING IN TERMS OF YOUR RELATIONSHIP STRUCTURE JUST HOW STRONG ARE THEY IN RELATION TO FRIENDS , FAMILY OR SIGIFICANT OTHER
real, full fingernails, or real hardware nails?
if fingernails...were they still attached to someone's fingers (your own?)
the only answer that counts is your own: what do you associate nails with? was there recently a reference to nails in a conversation, a movie? think back to what YOU associate nails with