Dune and the paranormal
What role do dreams play in psychiatry? Are “prophetic” dreams part of the paranormal, or can they better show the potential power of our brain?
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As the teenager Paul Atreides begins his heroic journey in Dune-but long before even taking the psychedelic spice, he experiences partially fulfilled prophetic dreams. Atreides felt ambivalent about what they foreshadowed.
Dreams have long been thought to have meaning, both prophetic and personal. It is said that lucid dreaming provides the ability to control content. In these aspects, dreams appear to be a natural phenomenon with paranormal possibilities.
The paranormal refers to psychological processes and abilities that do not seem to have any scientific verification. They include extrasensory perception, clairvoyance, and seeing auras or ghosts. Coincidentally, today begins the Day of the Dead, a predominantly Mexican holiday that celebrates the deceased and welcomes visits from the souls of the dead.
In his memories Memories, dreams and reflections, the famous psychiatrist Carl Jung reported having a waking vision in 1913 of a flooded Europe. Two weeks later, that vision had the addition of a voice telling him it was real. Jung, on the other hand, wondered if he was having a psychotic attack. The following spring he had 3 similar catastrophic dreams and then World War I broke out in August. Likewise, Abraham Lincoln apparently told others about his dreams of being murdered just before it happened.
To reveal myself, I have regularly had unusual fortuitous experiences since the Jewish Holy Days 2 years ago. They help guide what I write and say. But, again, as I was told, it could be coincidence.
There are periodic reminders by scholars and others with unusual skills that our brains have more potential abilities than we use, if only we can find ways to harness them. Are we going?
Dr Moffic is an award-winning psychiatrist who has specialized in the cultural and ethical aspects of psychiatry. A prolific writer and speaker, he received the Unique Designation of Hero of Public Psychiatry from the Assembly of the American Psychiatric Association in 2002. He is an advocate for mental health issues related to climate instability, exhaustion. professional, Islamophobia and anti-Semitism. for a better world. He sits on the editorial board of Psychiatric schedulesMT.