Saturday, January 16, 2010

The Frontal Lobe and Delusions of Grandeur

According to the University of Texas at Austin, the less you use the frontal lobe portion of the brain, the more you see yourself through rose-colored glasses. And those that use it more often have a more realistic view of themselves. So what is happening if you have a low view of yourself that is not realistic?

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Tips for Remembering Dreams

There are a few tips that I have found useful in remembering my dreams and thought I would share them here.

  • Keep a journal near your bed - this is a suggestion I've seen numerous times and it is helpful, as many times you will start to forget the dream once you wake up. If not a paper journal, having a computer, laptop, or netbook close can work as well, but if you have to wait for it to boot up, you could lose the dream.

  • Meditate - I have found that meditating tends to give me more vivid dreams, which makes them easier to remember. The results of meditation can also help you on focusing on remembering a dream and not get distracted by the mind's random chatter. I've also noticed, since meditating, that I can forget that I had a dream, and then suddenly remember it hours later out of nowhere.

  • Go over the dream before waking up - This one is a bit tricky and takes some practice. I have found this particularly helpful when I come out of the dream state and into consciousness in the middle of the night or before I am ready to get up, but want to remember the dream. Keeping my eyes closed, I go over as much of the dream as possible, generally in chronological order, to try to help cement the dream in my mind, so that I can recall it later when I've woken up and write it out in a journal.

I hope these tips help you remember your own dreams.