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Mens and womens dreams

From the earliest days of modern dream research, scientists have documented differences in men's and women's dream recall, dream content, and dreaming patterns. Traditionally, the waking interests, goals, and personalities of men and women have differed. So it is not surprising that men's and women's dreams reflect these differences. Women tend to recall and share their dreams more often than men, perhaps because women tend to focus more on inner processes. Women also report more night-mares. The source of these sex differences in dreams is still unclear. As with other gender issues, the nature-nurture controversy remains: How much difference is inherent (due to our biological purposes or physiological makeups) and how much is acquired (due to the environments in which we were raised and the society in which we function)? Brain research suggests that men's and women's brains are actually organized differently: Magnetic resonance imaging has enabled researchers to observe that women use both hemispheres of the brain more than men do, giving them a broader or at least a different base than men from which to operate. This greater connection between the left and right brains, acting with hormones, could account for women's greater sensitivity to emotions and even so-called women's intuition. Given that dreams and dreamwork tap into these skill areas, this research may serve to explain women's higher level of dream recall, and their greater interest in sharing their dreams.

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