Informative Speech: Dreams
A. Attention Getter: “Dreams feel real while we’re in them. It’s only when we wake up that we realize something was actually strange. ” (Inception, The Movie) Everyone dreams, but we all wonder “Why we have the dreams that we do? ” or even “What do our dreams mean? ”
B. Relevance of topics to audience: Dreams are something you cant Just avoid, everyone has them if you want to or not. Even if you don’t remember them you still have them. Most of your life is spent sleeping so dreams will always happen.
C. Credibility: For the past three weeks I have researched about dreams. On top of that I have woke up from nightmares that I had or even had dreams that I really try hard to remember the next morning.
D. Thesis/Central Idea: Dreams are unique, throughout my speech I will go over Dreams. E. Preview: Therefore, I would like to talk about the views of dreams and where they first started. Next, what types of dreams that you could possibly encounter when sleeping, and finally, learn exactly what your dreams mean. Transition: Lets start off on the history of Dreams.
A. First Main Point: History of Dreams.
1 . According to www. library. thinkquest. rg, Greeks didn’t look into dreams until the 8th century when Agamemnon received a message from the greek god Zeus in his dream. Greeks believed that dreams were messages from their gods, but in order to learn the full meaning of these dreams they needed to meet a priest.
a. Greeks were not the only ones who believed that dreams were messages from god so did Ancient Egyptians, but they slept in temples in order to receive information from the gods to get ideas or aid.
b. Sigmund Freud was a popular philosopher, who studied the human mind and played a huge roll in the history of dreams. According to Sigmund Freud, Basic Books: New York dated in 2010, by The Interpretation of Dreams, he believed that dreams held important meanings and that you didn’t dream without reason. That we dream of the deepest desires and our personal experiences is what he believed. Transition: Till this day we don’t know why exactly why we dream, but what we do know is what types of dreams that we can encounter when we sleep.
A. Second Main Point: We witness multiple types of dreams, as we go on with lives. There is seven types of dreams according to Michael Vigo, dated in 2000, by Analyzing Your Daydreams. 1 . Daydreams: this is where you are still physically conscious, but not aware what completely is going on. An example of a daydream is when you are in class and you are falling asleep you aren’t well aware of what’s going on.
2. False Awakening Dreams: This is when you feel awake, but yet you aren’t actually awake.
3. The third type is Lucid dreams, according to Ursula Voss, Unlocking the Lucid Dream, dated December 2011 by Scientific American Mind, Lucid dreams are very rare, this is where you are completely aware that you are dreaming. While having a lucid dream you are capable of controlling what goes on.
4. According to Antonio Zadra, Daily Dream Log, dated 2006 by The Journal Of Nervous And Mental Disease, are fierce dreams where you startled and wake up because either you are anxious and frightened. This is related to a Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome, this is when you are feeling stressed over something and that you can’t get off your mind.
5. Recurring Dreams: These are dreams that recurs more than once, but they could be good and they could be bad ones too that you didn’t want. Dreaming of Penguins one day and having the same dream again the next night.
6. Epic Dreams: Dreams like these are rare because they are so vivid that they feel eal. During having this dream you can remember every single little detail.
7. Progressive Dreams: Dreaming, but not exactly finishing the dream right there and then.
So this where the progressive comes to play. You will start it again the next night where you have left off. So if you were dreaming, but someone woke you up in the middle of it then later go back to sleep and start of where you left off.
Transition: Now that we have learned what exactly kinds of dreams there are, let us begin to learn what exactly what they mean.
A. There are so many meanings towards dreams, but I will go over the basics/ ommon ones that we might of all had before.
1 . According to Michael Vigo, dated in 2000, by Analyzing Your Daydreams. One type is if you are found naked in your dream could mean many things, but one main idea is that you either fearing something or feeling embarrassed about something. This could also mean that you feel insecure about yourself.
2. Chase Dreams: Having a dream where you are being chased by some monster, animal, person, or someone trying to kill. This is means that you are responding to pressure and cope with fears, stress, or various situations. Another way to look at it is f you are the one doing the chasing then you are looking for something or being ambitious and want something badly.
3. Falling Dreams: When you are falling in a dream it is very unknow for you to actually land and die. Having these dreams is an indication of insecurities, instabilities, and anxieties.
4. Test Dreams: These are very common before a test that you are worried about. This is when you feel nervous about something, an example would be test for school. This kinds dreams mean that you are either unprepared, challenged, or overwhelmed.
5. Teeth Dreams: Having a dream where your teeth are falling or breaking, this eans that you are nervous and atraid on your appearance or even snametul.
Transition: Finally, you have learned about the history, what kinds of dreams, and what they could possibly mean.
A. Thesis/Conclusion: Now when you wake up from a crazy dream, you know what exactly what your dream meant, well partially. Dream are intriguing and fascinating mysteries, but having dreams are an amazing experience, I always enjoyed waking up from dreams and trying to remember them, I always had the weirdest one.
B. Memorable Close. To finish this off, Quote from Sigmund Freud “Dreams are often ost profound when they seem the most crazy. (Sigmund Freud. ) Which I personally think its true.
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