Montag, 18. Juni 2012

Interesting Documentary about Dreams

There is a very interesting Documentary by BBC Horizon on Youtube. At minute 50 the docu is about lucid dreaming.
Nevertheless the whole video is worth while watching. 





Montag, 11. Juni 2012

Dreams of absent-minded transgression


Almost two years ago I fortunately I stopped smoking with the help of Allen Carr's book 'The Easy Way to Stop Smoking'. During this two years I have been dreaming from time to time that I started smoking again. Usually I was with my workmates, having a chat and lighting a cigarette.
I usually stood there and wondered: "Hey! When did I start smoking? I think I quit smoking?" 
Every time I became angry that I didn't manage to abstain the cigarettes and worried if there will be an addiction again. Finally I thought that it would have been so much better if I had never started to smoke again. 

This phenomenon occurs with some quitters and is named: 'Dreams of absent-minded transgression' (DAMT). 
 
Wikipedia quotes a study from 1991 which states a positive correlation between DAMT and successfully quitting the tobacco addiction. [1]

[1] Dream of absent-minded transgression: An empirical study of a cognitive withdrawal symptom. Hajek, Peter; Belcher, Michael; Journal of Abnormal Psychology, Vol 100(4), Nov 1991

Dienstag, 5. Juni 2012

Chili Peppers

I don't know why hot chili peppers are so famous in the German lucid dreamers community. I even don't know if they have any effect on dreaming. Some dreamers say they have because of the endorphine rush after the pain fades. Other dreamers say that they don't feel any effect. 
Anyway it's fun to grow chilis peppers in the garden or at the balcony. This year I have some Equador purple plants on my balcony and they grow well.  

I'm looking forward to the harvest in late summer.