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Psychosis – A Dream-Like State Of Mind?



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Mar 23, 2009
Have you ever thought of psychosis as a dream-like state of mind? Dreaming does actually bear strong similarities with the psychotic state of mental illnesses such as schizophrenia. Psychotic states are characterized by hallucinations, loosening of associations, incongruity of personal experience, and a loss of self-reflective capacity. Dreams can also be seen as a kind of delusional thought during which there is a complete lack of insight into one’s true state of consciousness. Both the psychotic patient and the dreamer are in a state of acceptance of nonsensical experiences as real.

That dreaming may be a model for psychosis is a long-standing idea that has now been supported by recent studies on dream phenomenology. There are extensive similarities in measures of cognitive bizarreness between the waking thoughts of psychotic patients and dream reports of both psychotic patients and healthy controls. But whereas healthy subjects shut down those hallucinations while awake, psychotic patients continuously experience such dream-like mental activity.

Psychosis – A Dream-Like State Of Mind? | Brain Blogger


Neither dreaming or psychosis is nonsense, they involve sensory perception. Not only that, dreams and psychosis both deal with information from the subconscious and just because others interpret it as useless or ridiculous does not mean it is.

My exprience with psychosis is that it deals with trauma and thought patterns. Its an attempt by my psyche to resolve a conflict or a series of conflicts. Unlike most people that experience psychosis, I do not think it is a bad state, I view it as a reaction of the psyche, a reflexive reaction like a cough or a sneeze for the respitory system.

Each of my beliefs and perceptions while psychotic have granual of truth that if I investigate them I have the potential to resolve them. My psychos, each time I begin to experience it, goes through a very perdictable pattern of ideas and perceptions. The real problem is my interpetation of those perceptions and ideas and my reaction to them. The perceptions and beliefs always have a primary question or idea that is recognizable to me and I know the lineage at this point, where they come from really and what they mean, and it helps to resolve them.
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