What is the difference between a nightmare and a dream that is related to illness?

In 1967, after Vasily Kasatkin finished his ambitious project to write “A theory about dreams” he was able to make some valid scientific conclusions that noth have been challenged yet, almost 50 years later. One of the most intruiging things Vasily talks about in this fascinating book is how to tell the difference between a nightmare and a dream that is about an illness going on in the body.

First of all, Kasatkin wants us to know that a dream is the way for the unconsciousness to tell the conscious mind about latent energy shifts. So dreams are the easiest way to scan the general health satus of the body. When disease occurs, sleep tends to get disrupted. People wake up more and are more likely to remember dreams (that is a very strong evolutionary guiding point towards the valude of dreaming). Dreams that have to do with health tend to be bad in character/content.  They repeat themselves, whereas a bad dream or a nightmare does not. dreams about health have another tendency. They are not symbolic.
Of course there are symbols in dreams about health, but the place/organ that is attacked because of the disease is clearly identified.

Prodromal dreams, dreams that predict futur events about the physical well being of a person are quite common. Most of the prodromal dreams, about fourty percent of the sample, were one or two nights before the disease actually manifested itself in the body. But… Kasatkin does have a lot more to say about the ability dreaming has to predict future treats of the body. You can order this book in the link given below: http://www.lulu.com/shop/v-kasatkin/a-theory-of-dreams/hardcover/product-21646976.html

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My name is Susanne van Doorn, I am a Dutch psychologist. I have been working with psychology, dreams and mythology ever since I finished my study of psychology at Tilburg University. I made this site to share insights, and recent scientific articles about the brain, dreams, and mythology for use in your personal life. A Mindfunda a day keeps the doctor away: a healthy mind in a healthy body. If you are a blogger yourself, you’re invited to submit a blog (if you use the contact form I will get back to you asap) on the subjects of science, mythology or psychology.
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