A short insight into dreams

A couple days ago we had a short class on dreams which was really exciting and I learnt something that blew my mind.

So, why do people dream?

First, wish-fulfilment, this a way that our wishes and desires channelise. Second, it is to preserve our sleep; and third, it is a way that our brain completes the cycle of processing an event that took place earlier. Allow me to elaborate it further, when an individual goes through a stressful event, the brain at that time has not really processed it entirely and thus the brain completes this action in its entirety via dreams. Now you know why you dreamt of arriving late to that examination or class. 

What do people dream?

There are two components to this question: a) Manifest and b) Latent. Manifest is when the emphasis is on the content of the dream and latent is when the emphasis is on the meaning of the dream.

How do we interpret our dreams?

Here, we look into recency and themes. Some dreams may pertain to our recent experiences while other dreams may be more thematic in nature i.e. we need to find and understand the themes shown in our dreams.

On a different note, my professor also discussed why we see dreams which have an abrupt change of scenarios. This is probably because we change our sleeping positions throughout our sleep which may cause the change of scenery.



Freudian Psychology

The reason I want to delve into Freudian psychology is that I believe that Sigmund Freud point of view of psychology was taught to me in a very haphazard manner and that his theories were not taught in the proper context. Yes, he believed that our actions were based on basic biological needs which include hunger, thirst, and sex (out of which he mainly focused on sex) hence arises the famous Oedipus and Electra complex. If you don’t have a clue about what that is about, then allow me to explain- Oedipus complex is basically that boys want their mother’s intimate love and want their dad out of the way and when they realise they can’t do that they model after their dad; Electra complex is the same thing but for girls. My psychology teacher in 12th grade said that none of that exists and that was only a theory and I believed her because I found that absurd as well, however, my social psychology teacher in year two said that she believes this exists in the real world (not in an extreme sexualised manner but it does) Her example? It’s always “Mama’s little boy” and “Daddy’s little girl” and I know that it’s a ‘silly’ example or that ‘it’s always been that way’ but it is something to think about and some place to begin with.

And with that, I also want to say that because of the context in which I was taught in I was never fond of Freud, but today my doors are wide open to understanding Freud and his theories with an open mind and a proper context.

Movie Review: Sybil


So upon the recommendation of my professor, I have finally watched Sybil (released in 1976) and I absolutely loved every bit of it! It is based on a true story about a girl named Sybil who has Multiple Personality Disorder. The movie slowly starts to unravel all the horrors inflicted upon this girl and how she recovers from it (well sort of). I just think that anyone who really wants to watch an actual psychological movie must watch this, unlike Split, which suddenly happens to become psychological-turned-into-supernatural.


Commitment > Love?

Greetings from the other side of the world! Also a very warm welcome into 2018. I had a wonderful winter break (thank you for asking). However, there is this one topic that I have been wanting to share here (but obviously hadn’t had the time to do so) and it’s related to love (never thought I’d have a post about that).

Anyways, when the topic was introduced in our social psychology class our professor had asked us, and I quote, “Which one has a higher percentage in a relationship? Love or Commitment?” and obviously we, the people completely brain-washed by cliched movies, answered that love has got to have a higher percentage (like 85% Love) – turns out we were wrong by a large margin. So here’s the actual stats- 30% Love and 70% Commitment (shocker, I know!). Now, our prof. did explain that commitment is more important because its components are necessary for the long run.

Here’s what makes up the term ‘commitment’:





-Traditions &


~The more you know!

On a side note, I also want to discuss in brief about components that make up the term ‘love’:

Level 1: Trust & Respect

Level 2: Vulnerability

Level 3: Friendship & Intimacy


This flowchart may seem to make the idea of love “easy” but just step back and think that it’s not that simple, each level requires some sort of patience. Look at level 2, we usually tend to distance ourselves from people when we feel vulnerable but when you’re building a relationship, displaying that very same vulnerability is an important key to a relationship. I think that we should understand the deep and underlying processes involved when anyone says ‘I Love You’*


*Here, all kinds of relationships included not just the romantic ones.

Pink Whale Challenge!

I know that the trend of Blue Whale Challenge is long ago over but nevertheless, I would like to introduce a counter-game to the Blue Whale; the Pink Whale Challenge.

So we all know the intentions of the Blue Whale Game if you haven’t heard about it; it is a sinister game that assigns a series of tasks to players with the final task requiring the player to cause serious self-inflicted injuries. It began in May 2016 spread from Russia to across the globe causing an inflation in suicide rates. Two arrests were made; one in 2016 (according to Wikipedia, the person who developed the app was a psychology student) and the other in June 2017.

It would be an interesting topic to look into these cases in detail and understand the thinking patterns of these individuals. However, this is about the counter-game; Pink Whale Challenge which was developed by a game designer in Brazil. Basically, the aim of the game is to spread love, help combat depression, and assign tasks that give value to life.

Apart from the Pink Whale, several other apps following the same concept were released in order to combat the Blue Whale Game.

I thought I should mention this issue not only because it was a trend but also because the initial idea was generated by a psychology student; scary, isn’t it?

I, too, am a psychology student and, collectively, our goal is to help people, help them lead a better life without inflicting any kind of harm. Once you take up psychology, by default, we have to abide by rules and regulations.


A researcher under progress. . .

Hey! Here’s a small update from me to you: I along with five other members are working on a research project. We’re basically conducting a study that will measure superstitious beliefs in regards to locus of control and self-efficacy while differences between superstitious beliefs in science and non-science undergrad students will be identified.

I am particularly excited about this research since we will be collecting data, analysing it, and reporting the study – for the first time (as actual researchers, obviously under supervision). We will be done, hopefully, with this study by January 2018 but until then I am not at liberty to discuss any further details about the study; first, because we have not completed it; second, because we may try to get our very first project published with the help of two wonderful professors. If that doesn’t happen then I will publish the results and discuss them in brief, of course with the consent of my other colleagues.

Wait patiently, my dear followers.

Solution Focused (Brief) Therapy a.k.a SFBT

What is Solution Focused Therapy?

According to Wikipedia, its described as “goal-directed collaborative approach” and “focuses on addressing what clients want to achieve without exploring the history“; basically emphasizing more on the present and future with less priority given to the history of the patient. So, it is a continuous process of understanding the patient’s issues;  understanding at what position the patient wants to see himself/herself standing, and how to get the patient at that position. For example, a patient has anger issues, wants to reduce his anger issues, and requires an intervention to do so.

As all therapies go through a round of different types of questions this therapy has its share in it as well. The different types of questions in SFBT are:

-The Miracle Question

-Scaling Questions

-Exception Questions

Now that I’ve got that out of the way I have some opinions on it, especially on the miracle questions as well as its variations (as suggested by O’Hanlon) such as the crystal ball, time machine, rainbow bridge, and a letter from future self.

SFBT is very and by very I mean extremely dependent on the client to look for solutions; in a sense that the therapist will make the client’s issue clear and then ask them ‘How would your life be without so and so issue?’. Now, I completely understand that usually, most people have the answers they need all I am saying is that it would take a while for the client to understand how to exactly fulfil those requirements in order to change their situation/feelings/thoughts. I also want you to pay attention to the fact that SFBT focuses a lot more on solutions, therefore, sessions move rather quickly onto searching for solutions. (I also want to add that there are chances of the client getting preoccupied with the issue while digging for solutions).

Apart from that, I should also mention that this idea of ‘imagine a miracle has occurred‘ is a very difficult concept to grasp for those people who are realists (I am a realist, hence it’s a concept that I personally cannot appreciate). Having said that, I must also mention that each individual is different and so are their issues, thus, different therapies work with certain clients.