Earlier this month I wrote about the Expectation Fulfilment Theory of Dreaming by Joe Griffin. In my post I posed some hypothetical interview questions that I’d like to ask Joe Griffin. Much to my delight, he’s responded to them!
And so I present to you a very short but interesting interview with Joe Griffin. 🙂
Is there a relationship between the mechanism behind dreams and the mechanism behind individual psychedelic experiences? Could the content of the “trip” be determined in the same way our dreams are i.e. from the days un-fulfilled emotional arousals to the nervous system?
There is an undoubted influence arising from specific expectations of the psychedelic experience. As to whether current unfullfilled expectations have a huge influence on the content, I very much doubt. It is not an area, though, that I have personally researched.
Is there a connection between having many dreams each night and then waking up with headaches? Could I actually be causing my headaches by intensifying or prolonging the REM state with my intention to have, remember, and control my dreams?
The intention of controlling dreams is unlikely to cause a major increase in the number of dreams and length of time spent dreaming. If headaches were to be caused by such research it would be more likely be due to sleep disruption interfering with the stress reduction benefits of dreaming.
(Note: I thought of this question after watching this video on dreams and depression.)
Can you explain what you mean when you equate the effects of lucid dreaming and hypnosis? Are you saying that the experience achieved through lucid dreaming can be achieved through hypnosis?
It has been suggested that lucid dreaming might provide the ideal setting to reprogramme neurotic reactions. My suggestion is that thesame benefit can be obtined more easily from hypnosis. In principle I think that anything that can be experienced in lucid dreaming is potentially also experiencable in hypnosis.
I think many lucid dreamers visiting this blog might argue this last point.
What do you think?
Can your experiences in the dream world be replicated through hypnosis?