Dreams and Meditation

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Dream

Brief description of my dream

I recently had a dream, just after a few days of attending driving lessons in the driving school I had enrolled in. I had not practiced driving before since I had not completed the theoretical part of the course by then and there was still a lot to learn. On realizing that it might take quite some time before I enjoyed driving, I tiptoed to my teacher’s desk of and secured his bunch of keys knowing that the key to his personal Mercedes Benz was in it. Then, I excused myself to make a short call but made a bee line to his reserved car parking space instead. The next move I found myself making was starting the luxurious car and moving slowly toward the nearby superhighway. I started having a big problem when I tried to give way to a speeding truck that was continuously hooting, which, I thought,was a request for enough space to overtake me. I lost control and started shaking all over so much that I had to make an emergency stop. I pulled over into the breakdown lane, where unluckily, there were the highway patrol police officers who had noticed what I did. They made a dash for me and requested my driving license. This is how I ended up in the police station for the first time in my life.

Manifest content of the dream

The dream takes place in an environment which is very new to me. Even though I have not yet mastered the theoretical part of driving, I am very anxious to drive whenever I get a chance. This zeal makes me use a crude method of having my way in my dream – driving my teacher’s car in the superhighway – and finally I end up being caught by the police, having violated traffic rules.

Latent content of the dream

The reality of human life is that we have to be led before we make our own independent moves. Being in a driving school would in this case symbolize the basic principle of life: I should first learn from my teacher, both parents and friends. There are also clues which refer to step by step life training that I should strictly adhere to and I should never rush to do things as this might make me suffer in the future. The vehicle represents both my personal concerns in life and those of others. It would mean that I should balance my egocentric behavior with the social behavior; otherwise I may end up in trouble.

Impression and controversy in my dream

The dream a positive impression. I should accept being taught by my elders first and hence avoid rushing into actions without identifying the risk first.

Meditation

I have practiced meditation, sitting on my legs in a relaxed position and clearing my mind. This act is in fact very enjoyable and a very good way of getting relief from all the tiredness I feel at the end of the day. It seems very beneficial to me and it is a very quiet method which also assures privacy. I am also able to practice it anywhere and anytime I feel I need it (Lahey, 2012).

Advantage of meditation in my life

This is an absolutely wonderful method of relieving tiredness from day to day activities and it is free. Benefits can be felt in just one session. It can relieve short term stress and can help in improving my health condition in the long run. It is an amazing and extremely effective way of making my mind relaxed (Hall, 2010).

Meditation as part of Americans wellness routine

Many Americans do not use meditation simply because the practice requires a lot of patience. Also the sessions need to be frequent meaning more free time is needed by those willing to practice it.

Studies of both monozygotic and dizygotic twins.

Simply, monozygotic (identical) twins are conceived when a single female fertilized egg splits into two while dizygotic twins (fraternal) are the result of two separate female eggs being fertilized. The research shows that identical twins share almost all their genes unlike fraternal twins who only share half of their genes. Various assumptions have been made during the twin studies, for instance that those people choose partners who are different but who share particular character traits that both monozygotic and dizygotic twins are brought up in similar environment which have effect on twins’ behaviors (Lahey, 2012).

Application of twin studies to modern psychology

Twin studies explain how characters and behaviors are affected by heredity and environment. These influence the people’s ways of doing things and reactions to various issues, for instance, how people select their partners by considering factors like intelligence levels. Through the twin studies psychologists are able to determine how different environments affect the behaviors and characters of twins, which helps to explain why people from different regions behave differently hence different cultural practices.

Genes, Chromosomes, and DNA

DNA is an abbreviation of Deoxyribonucleic acid which simply refers to a chemical that helps in carrying out instructions and giving information about a cell concerning protein production, cell’s life, its purpose and its death. On the other hand genes are small subunits of DNA, which contain set of instructions for particular functions. They determine characteristics which are passed from parents to children. Finally chromosomes are organized chains of DNA which are coiled to form thread-like pieces in a cell (Burton, 2007).

Application in modern psychology

Through study of genes and chromosomes, psychologists determine how characters are transmitted from parents to children, which later determines their behaviors and characters. Genes also determine our physical appearance and psychological traits in reference to our parents as well as how a child develops. Child development reflects the choices that a child makes in his or her life, which determine the child’s future. DNA study also assists in explaining why a child resembles their either parent which is of great assistance in the field of psychology.

Visual illusions

Visual illusions are the ways we perceive things, when the perception is totally different from the reality or the truth of the matter. Sometimes people believe in certain things in their lives which are far from reality. These perceptions influence their actions and behaviors when dealing with certain issues in their day to day life.

Application in modern psychology

Through visual illusions psychologists are able to find out and explain how the brain and perceptual systems works. These are the things which determine our personality as an individual. Things that people see and believe in have a greater role in their decisions making. Visual illusions have also enabled modern psychologist to understand the current living environment, which has assisted so much in developments in medicine and helped to improve people’s life (Fisher, 2003).Visual illusions also assist psychologists in explaining beliefs and values in different cultures. People from various cultures have various beliefs which are mostly based on perceptions. Psychologists explain this by first understanding how people perceive things in their environment.