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Antisocial behavior is categorized as not wanting to be around others, but it can feel like more than that. Maybe you feel like you don’t derive satisfaction from interacting with others or forming relationships with people. Maybe you feel like people don’t understand the real you, which makes it almost futile to create lasting connections. You may even feel like you care about people and relationships so much that becoming involved ends up being more of a burden than anything else.

If this describes how you’ve been feeling lately, it could be the result of a deeper, more spiritual problem.

The heart chakra is the fourth chakra, and it’s located directly in the center of the chakra system. It exists between the breasts in the middle of the chest, which represents expressions of compassion, love, and how we relate to ourselves and others. A block heart chakra absolutely results in antisocial-like behaviors that can start to tear a person away from their relationships.

The literal translation for heart chakra from the traditional Sanskrit is Anahata, which means unstruck. It’s easy to deduce that by balancing your heart chakra, you will feel more free and allow yourself to open up to others. In sense, you will become “unstruck” in your social life.

The most important characteristics of the heart chakra include:
  • Grieving
  • Compassion or empathy
  • Compassionate discrimination
  • Harmony and peace
  • Ability to both be loved and love others
  • Ability to forgive and accept others
  • Creating connections and relationships
  • Awareness and insights

Essentially, the heart chakra is our pathway to creating lasting, emotional, and deep connections with the people around us. It actually blends the functions of all the other chakras together, and therefore is arguable the most important.

When the heart chakra is balanced, it balances all the others as well, which means a healthy, happy life. When the heart chakra is blocked, you need to be able to identify the issue so that you can bring your world back in balance.

The symptoms of a blocked heart chakra can include:
  • Codependency or relying on the approval of others
  • Holding grudges and not having the ability to forgive
  • Developing a victim mentality
  • Breathing problems
  • Heart conditions
  • Lacking empathy
  • Being overly critical

It’s important to note that these symptoms don’t always occur when your heart chakra is blocked, and you may experience more than what’s listed above. It’s also important to note that there are two clear extremes: you’ll either feel complete isolation from other people, or you’ll become so dependent on others you’ll lose yourself while seeking their approval.

Try getting rid of as much stress in your life as possible in order to clear your heart chakra, as well as attempting to heal from emotional pain. Holding on to emotional pain from the past is one of the most common ways to block your heart chakra and stumble down a dangerous path. Learn to let go in order to open up.

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The Chinese zodiac signs can tell you a lot about yourself, or about another person. People use them to evaluate personalities, figure out who they are most compatible with regarding romantic relationships, and confirm their emotions. As we enter the year of the rooster, let’s take the time to evaluate what your personal sign means relative to you.

I think you’ll find that your sign is more accurate than you expect…

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The Rooster

People born during the year of the rooster are typically known for having a great sense of industry and diligence when it comes to their careers. They’re also naturally capable of understanding and expressing their emotions, as well as grabbing the attentions of others.

The Rat

Individuals born during the year of the rat tend to be charming and at ease in most social situations. They are extremely popular and have an immense amount of friends. Although they are quick tempered, they do well when it comes to business and achieving success. They see opportunities that other people miss, but may take on too many commitments at one time.

The Ox

People with this sign are strong when it comes to their emotions. They have the ability to look at a problem head on, and manage it with ease. They are methodical when it comes to their responsibilities or duties, and have a lot of confidence in their ability to overcome obstacles. They can be demanding when it comes to their relationships, and are determined to defend themselves at every turn.

The Rabbit

Rabbits are affectionate, polite, and pleasant people, which makes them very likable. They don’t enjoy confrontation, and generally like to keep the peace when it comes to arguments or fights. They are easily caught up in fun, which makes it difficult to remember the needs of their loved ones, but this is entirely accidental.

The Tiger

People born during the year of the tiger are deep, sensitive, and very much aware of their emotions. They make for perfect companions, especially when it comes to romantic relationships, because of their ability to convey their emotional states. Though they can be domineering, they constantly seek a balance between their competitive and loving natures. They can be extremely passionate and courageous when the time calls for it.

The Dragon

Dragons have a great amount of energy. Not only are they charismatic, but they are also very intelligent. They typically do well in all of their pursuits because of their intelligence, and can come across as arrogant when they really aren’t trying to show off. Dragons follow their own path despite the rules that society lays out; they need to be themselves. They enjoy challenges, and can’t be tamed by a romantic relationship.

The Ram

A ram is both likeable and charming. They can be very reserved at times, but do well in social situations. This sign is associated with a love of art, nature, and culture, which means they usually gravitate towards these things when it comes to their careers. They can be sympathetic towards the people around them, but also prone to pessimism. They require security in their relationships.

The Snake

Snakes are philosophers. They possess a great wisdom and are able to achieve their goals quite easily because of it. They are known to work almost imperceptibly, which is why they are accurately named. They seek elegance when it comes to their relationships, and they can be incredibly romantic. They tend to be secretive though, which is why they can be perceived as loners rather than companions.

The Horse

People born under this sign are known for their hard work. They readily commit to success no matter their line of work, but won’t work at all if they see a task as beneath their stature. They can be impulsive, and have a hard time controlling their wild emotions, especially when it comes to love. They prefer to work independently rather than in teams, but they do well in social situations because of their ability to communicate.

The Monkey

The monkey is both intelligent and energetic, and they have personalities that tend to be magnetic. They can talk forever, and are very eccentric, which draws in crowds. Their wit is quick, which means they have a tendency to turn any situation into a comedy routine. Although, their comedic nature makes them hard to trust as everything can be a joke.

The Pig

People born during the year of the pig are tolerant, kind, and sincere. Like the animal, they possess a great intellect as well, and they use it to go after challenging goals they typically achieve. They see the best in people rather than their faults, but they can become upset when people don’t express the same kindness. They cherish family and home life, but they do indulge in the material world.

The Dog

Dogs are loyal, and so are the people born under this sign. It’s one of their greatest attributes as they stick strongly to the people they love, and their own principles. They make great companions because of their honesty when it comes to relationships. They place a great deal of importance on their relationships, but can hold grudges until they feel someone has adequately made up for a mistake.

Frankincense has been used as a form of incense in religious ceremonies and traditions for thousands of years. The belief is that frankincense, or the resin from the Boswellia tree also known as olibanum, contains an aroma that will help one’s soul reach spiritual enlightenment. Religions have written about using frankincense in ancient texts, including both the old and new testaments of the bible.

It is said to have mystical properties, which is a belief still held by many religions today. Not only is it believed to have spiritual capabilities, but that belief is put into practice still as religious followers continue to use the natural resin.

A team of researchers from Johns Hopkins University and the Hebrew University in Jerusalem recently conducted a study to see just exactly what was happening during the practice of burning frankincense. In order to conduct the study, the researchers administered the resin to some mice, and found that it actually influences the part of the brain that controls emotion.

More specifically, frankincense actives the protein TRPV3, which is found in all mammal brains. The protein is perhaps best known for his role in controlling our skins’ perception of warmth.

The effect it has on the mind has a strong antidepressant and anxiolytic impact that can make a person feel incredibly relaxed. In other words, it allows a person’s mind to relax and simply exist in the present moment.

Knowing this, it doesn’t seem like much of a coincidence that many religions have been using frankincense for generations. It could very well help a person reflect on life and its meaning as it pertains to humanity. Not only will it help a person feel less stressed about the future, but it will also help a person exist peacefully in the moment.

Frankincense was considered a luxury during ancient times, especially in the Middle East, and it still remains a major export to this day. Almost every major culture used it during their religious practices, including the Egyptians, the Greeks, the Jews, and even Christian churches some time later.

Now, frankincense can be used by people simply suffering from depression. There’s no more need to rush off and buy the latest chemically created drug from major pharmaceutical companies; frankincense can be used as a natural, healthy substitute.

Our sense of smell is strongly linked to the part of the brain called the limbic system, which is associated with motivation and emotion. Frankincense is perfect for people suffering from depression so that they can feel more relaxed, reduce anxiety, and stay calm in the moment.

A natural remedy that works is always better than the man-made alternative.

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Although many people believe that astrology has no right to be called a science, there are a growing number of scientific studies that are starting to prove otherwise. According to new research published in Nature Neuroscience, which was conducted by Vanderbilt University, the position of the planets during one’s birth could actually have an impact on their personality.

That leaves only one question: which zodiac sign are you most compatible with?

Aquarius

People born under this sign require a great deal of mental stimulation from their partners. They tend to get bored easily, and this is especially true during romantic relationships that start to go flat. They are also considered humanitarians, and tend to be forward thinking when it comes to social issues and norms. Intellectual conversation is the best way to attract an Aquarius.

Relationship Compatibility: Leo

Pisces

Pisces tend to be creative, imaginative, and gentle. Their intuition allows them to understand others and see things from a different perspective with ease. Although they tend to be introverted, they enjoy meeting new people and are easy to talk to if you give them the chance. They have a giving nature, and can be extremely empathetic. They are loyal to their partners, but require a deep, emotional connection.

Relationship Compatibility: Virgo

Aries

Someone born under the sign of Aries feels called to act before they feel called to think. Depicted as a ram, it’s no wonder that they take life by the horns. They are determined, passionate, and can be brave in almost any situation that calls for it. They need to be excited by their relationships, especially their romantic entanglements.

Relationship Compatibility: Libra

Taurus

Taurus are practical and dependable when it comes to daily life. They never stop a job before it’s finished, and you can count on them to take care of a problem. Though this can make them seem stubborn, they can be good listeners, and they tend to be very protective of the people they love the most. In a romantic relationship, they will be sensual and emphasize romance.

Relationship Compatibility: Scorpio

Gemini

Gemini are complicated because their personalities are divided in two. Rightfully called the twins, they can be unpredictable, and you’ll never know which one you’ll get when it comes to being in a relationship. They can be social and charismatic, but they can also be consumed by their own thoughts, which makes them serious and unsociable. They need conversation and challenges when it comes to a romantic partner.

Relationship Compatibility: Sagittarius

Cancer

Those born under this sign can be complex and difficult to know, but that’s only because they are extremely deep, emotional, and full of creativity. Their loved ones are their entire focus, and they almost have a motherly nature to them. They need a loyal partner who won’t betray their trust, and most importantly, who will have patience.

Relationship Compatibility: Capricorn

Leo

Leos, represented by the lion, are natural leaders. They love to be in the spotlight, but also have big hearts for the people closest to them. Their passion is immense, and they will stop at nothing when it comes to achieving a goal. They wear their feelings on their sleeves, so a romantic partner will never have to guess how they think or feel.

Relationship Compatibility: Aquarius

Virgo

These people are analytical and hard-working. They will mull over every detail in a situation or problem until they feel satisfied that they understand. The problem they often have is that they think too much before acting or making a difficult decision. Their partner needs to make them feel important in a relationship, but don’t expect to see much emotion.

Relationship Compatibility: Pisces

Libra

Libras are peaceful and cooperative, and they absolutely hate to be alone. Their interests lie in the arts and beauty, which means they typically enjoy expressing themselves this way as well. Inequality is a great injustice to the Libra, and they need balance in order to thrive. Their partner needs to be easy going.

Relationship Compatibility: Aries

Scorpio

Scorpios remain calm and collected under pressure. They are extremely trustworthy individuals who know how to keep a secret. If your best friend is a Scorpio, you lucked out. They can be mysterious and unwilling to express their emotions, but are also resourceful and passionate. When it comes to romance, they need the right amount of time to build trust.

Relationship Compatibility: Taurus

Sagittarius

Sagittarius crave nature, freedom, and anything having to do with the outdoors. They hate being told what to do because they want to experience everything life has to offer. Travel is major part of their lives, which means they need a partner who feels the same way. Adventure, spontaneity, and openness are all requirements of a romantic partner.

Relationship Compatibility: Gemini

Capricorn

These individuals are the most hard-working and dedicated of all the zodiac signs. They need to be taken seriously, and they are extremely disciplined. Their work ethic allows them to achieve success when it comes to their careers, which means that their partners have to get used to their priorities. Expect independence, stubbornness, and never try to tell a Capricorn what to do.

Relationship Compatibility: Cancer

Meeting your twin flame is an extraordinary experience. Not just because they’re your own soul’s literal other half, but because you’ve met them before in another existence, and you’ll meet them again when your current existence is over. Needless to say, when you meet your twin flame, you’re going to know it because you won’t have experienced anything like it; it’ll feel like meeting someone new, and yet like you’re reconnecting with the most important person to you in the world.

If you’ve already met your twin flame, these three experiences won’t shock you, but if you’re still on the lookout, here’s what you can expect.

1. You Finally Feel Complete

When you meet your twin flame, you aren’t just meeting your soul mate. There are billions of people on this planet, and chances are that there are number of people you can be ideally matched with. Only one of those people is your twin flame, however, and you know who it is when you feel it.

Everyone wants to feel complete, like the search for love is over, and that’s exactly what you’ll experience with your twin flame. This doesn’t mean you couldn’t have fallen in love with someone else, it just means that your energetic soul is satisfied with the connection you’ve made. That part of your spirit is constantly on the lookout for its other half, which means it gets to stop looking when you find that one person.

2. Your Relationship Becomes Your life

This can turn a lot of people in your life against you, but you won’t really care. When you find your twin flame, your priority list goes through a very permanent change, and your twin flame is at the top. Not only do you care more about this person than you do anyone else in your life, but the relationship you’re in means just as much.

You may find that balancing other aspects of your life with your new relationship is extremely difficult. Work becomes a chore, even if you have your dream job, and other relationships will suffer. Even though you feel like you have an entirely new existence, you’re still living in the real world, which can be a difficult realization to make.

3. You Experience Everything On a Different Level

Every aspect of your relationship with your twin flame is different than you’ve ever experienced before. Sex, emotion, health, romance, intimacy, anything; it all feels completely different to you than it did before. This is because you have another half to your own, which essentially means that for the first time in your current life, you’re complete.

This is going to make everything different, not just your experiences within your relationship. You’re going to start experiencing the world through an entirely different perspective, as if you were a new person. This can be a positive, or a negative depending on how people perceive your relationship from the outside, but you’ll perceive it as overwhelmingly positive.

Love is tricky. Whenever we find ourselves in a serious relationship, we want to know for sure if it’s the real thing, or if we’re just trying to convince ourselves it’s the real thing. Sometimes it’s more obvious than others, and sometimes it’s a complete mystery. Not only can it be hard to tell if you’re in love, it can also be hard to tell what kind of love you feel. As humans, we will experience a variety of loves for a variety of people; you can love your best friend, but that’s obviously going to be different than the love you feel for a significant other.

There is a belief that we only fall in love with three people throughout our lives, and each person plays a very specific role. Check out these three types of love all humans experience at some point in their lives, and see if you can relate.

1. The Fairy Tale Love

The fairy tale love you experience is exactly what it sounds like. This is the type of love you see in the movies, television shows, and literally in fairy tales. It’s the love we all aspired to have, and it’s the love we all mistakenly thought it would be easy to find.

If you’ve experienced this type of love before, you know that it shows you how hard it is to pretend to be something you aren’t, or have something you don’t. Essentially, this is the love you had that looked perfect on paper, and it matched up with what you saw on the big screen, but you weren’t actually into it.

2. The Misconception Love

This is the type of love you found when you least expected it. It catches you off guard and completely demolishes any preconceived notions you had about love, relationships, or the people you can ultimately be with. Unlike the fairy tale love, this love looks terrible on paper, which doesn’t make sense to you at all.

This love also happened easily for something so unexpected, and you had no say in it at all. The connection you feel to the other person is incredibly difficult to explain, but all you know is that this person truly understands you and loves you for who you are.

The acceptance this person has for you shakes you, and it can make you feel uneasy at times, but you know it’s the real deal.

3. The Toxic Love

This is the hardest relationship you’ll ever go through, and for good reason. This type of love tends to teach people more about themselves than they would like to know, and it can be incredibly transformative. Manipulation, drama, and lies are the toxic love’s core, and they keep you hooked to the other person much longer than you should be.

Although you know the relationship is bad for you both, you stay in it looking for the next great experience. You might find some, but they will be lost in a sea of terrible experiences that you won’t soon forget. The key to identifying this type of love is that trying to make things work will be more important than whether or not it should.

Negative, harmful energy can find its way into our homes.  Whatever the reason for it entering, it’s important to perform some regular rituals to rid our homes of it.  Regularly removing negative energy from your living space will help restore balance and harmony. You should repeat the following 4 cleansing rituals if someone is sick, a lot of people have entered your home, you moved into a new home, you feel negative emotions, or negative occurrences keep arising.

1. Burn sage, frankincense, and copal

Burning sage is one of the oldest and fastest ways to remove negative energy from your home. To perform a sage cleansing, open your front door and the windows in the house. Starting from the back of the space, light the sage, let it burn a moment, then blow the flame out.

Proceed to walk around the room covering as much of it as you can. Using a feather or feather fan, waft the sage smoke into the corners of the room up to the ceiling. Make sure to go into every room as you move from the back of the house to the front. When you’ve reached the front, walk out the door and sage around the door and frame. Leave the sage outside to allow it to burn off.  Then light some frankincense resin or copal incense and perform the walk again.

Doing this will ward the negative energy off on a deeper level.

2. Salt the corners, windows and entrances of your home

Pour sea salt into the four corners of your rooms and let it sit for 48 hours. This will absorb the negative energy of previous owners, if you are just moving in, or the negative energy of people who are sick or arguing. After the 48 hours, either vacuum or sweep the salt and throw it away. For extra protection, grind up saffron and mix it in with the salt. In Tibetan tradition, evil energies do not like the smell of saffron, so they won’t enter a space if saffron has been used.

Then, clean the doors and windows of your home thoroughly using a mixture of the juice of 5 lemons, a cup of salt and a 1/4 cup of white vinegar added to a bucket of water (the mixture is strong, so use gloves).  Once the surfaces are dry, pour sea salt on the window sills and on the floor by the door to prevent the negative energies from re-entering your home.

3. Use protection crystals

Black tourmaline absorbs negative energy from people and spaces.  To use it, place a piece in each corner of a room. Doing this builds a protective shield to prevent negative energy from entering your space.  It also absorbs electromagnetic energy, so keeping it near your Internet router, television, computer, and other devices protects you from their harmful energy, also.

Black tourmaline eases anxiety and depression, so holding it in your hands can pull the negative energy from your own body out.

4. Add sound

Think about all of those scary, haunted houses you see in horror movies.  They’re usually empty, dark and quiet.  A quiet space attracts negative energy, which is why sound is such a powerful cleansing method.  Walk around your home ringing a bell, chimes or using a singing bowl to prevent negativity from residing in your space.

For those of you who watch the news and get depressed by the overwhelmingly negative stories that you see on a daily basis, don’t be discouraged, the world is actually becoming a more peaceful place.

Thanks to modern technology, we are able to capture the acts of violence that then get perpetuated and spread throughout the various forms of media, especially social media platforms all over the Internet. It’s not hard to conclude that the world is getting increasingly more dangerous after seeing how much is out there. However, violence and dangerous stories will always be the topics new sources focus on because it’s what sells. Don’t be fooled, media sources want to make money like any other business, and they’ll show what they have to.

In fact, there is statistical evidence that actually shows the world is getting more peaceful, not more violent. Take a look at the image below; the amount of deaths around the world due to war have been decreasing for some time, with only a few spikes since the mid 1940s.

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In his 2011 book titled “The Better Angels of Our Nature,” Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker states that the decrease in violence is one of the most significant and underappreciated developments in the history of humanity. Not only does he address the decrease in deaths due to war around the world, but he also discusses the decrease in death due to other forms of violence like murder, capital punishment, torture, and domestic violence.

The image below shows that in regards to violent war, it’s happening in fewer places and becoming more isolated to certain areas, contrary to what the media will tell you.

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Recent examples of peace include wars in Iran, Peru, Chad, Angola, Sri Lanka, and Lebanon ending, which is a positive and continuing trend not to be ignored. Although it may not be the most stable, there still remains a cease fire in Ukraine, which is responsible for the spike in war deaths over the last few years.

The Afghanistan government signed a peace deal with Hezb-i-Islami this past September, which marks the first peace deal signed by the Afghanistan government since war with the Taliban erupted in 2001.

In October, thousands of Israeli and Palestinian women marched together in the March of Hope for two weeks. The march ended in front of the Israeli Prime Minister’s home in Jerusalem, and it was done in an attempt to begin peaceful discussions between the two nations once more.

Only a few short weeks ago, the United Nations passed a resolution in which 123 nations voted for a ban on destructive nuclear weapons. Only 38 voted against the resolution, but it’s clear that most want to move away from a future that involves nuclear warfare.

Even in the last few days we’ve seen what things like peaceful protests can achieve. Although the Water Protectors were treated violently, they stayed true to their values of non-violent protests and have achieved nothing short of a major victory in regards to the construction of the Dakota Access Oil Pipeline.

There are examples of peace all over the world, and thankfully this trend is continuing. Before you get bogged down by the violence you see on the news or all over the Internet, remember that it’s what sells; it’s what media sources are going to show you in order to increase viewership or clicks.

Don’t be afraid or lose hope in humanity. Most of us want what’s right.

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Every year, thousands of artists partake in an event known as Inktober. For the 31 days that make up the month of October, they ink a drawing every day in order to depict a common theme. Artist Shawn Coss decided to do something different for this Inktober and depict mental illness within his work. It’s not happy, it’s not joyful, and it’s not traditional by any means, but it raises awareness for mental disabilities that plague millions.

It also provides those suffering from mental illness with a means to visibly identify with their afflictions. His work is powerful. Take a look.

1. Social Anxiety Disorder

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2. Major Depressive Disorder

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3. Insomnia

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4. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

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5. Bipolar Disorder

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6. Borderline Personality Disorder

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7. Autism Spectrum Disorder

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8. Paranoid Schizophrenia

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9. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

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10. Dependent Personality Disorder

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When I was growing up, I remember certain movies or stories that would scare me. When you’re a child, it’s easy to detach from the reality of a situation and focus on the moment. It’s probably the reason why children get so scared, because they can’t separate what’s obviously reality from whatever seemingly terrifying experience they’re having.

We’ve all been there, and we all have memories from our childhood that seem funny now, but were scary to our younger selves.

 

It wasn’t until I got older that I realized there’s nothing more terrifying than my own imagination. It’s the reason I can watch a “scary” movie nowadays and not think twice about it, but when I dive into Stephen King novel, I almost can’t read it if my roommates are out of the house. What I see in my mind will always be more terrifying than whatever monster is created next in Hollywood. This is why nightmares can be horrible experiences; it’s just you and your mind alone in the dark.

We can all agree that nightmares are scary experiences, but that doesn’t mean all bad dreams can be classified as a nightmare per say.

Night terrors, for example, aren’t nightmares, but have no clear structure or plot. These strike about midway through the typical sleep cycle, and they cause sleepers to wake up with an intense, but inexplicable fear. If you’ve ever woken up sweaty, breathing heavy, and afraid but have no clue as to why, you’ve experienced a night terror.

Nightmares, however, have a little more structure to them and are experienced during the rapid eye movement phase of our sleep cycles, or during REM sleep. They are more common than a night terror, and this is especially true during a person’s early stages in life like childhood or adolescence. It’s estimated that between 5 and 8 percent of adults have nightmares that are recurring, while 20 to 39 percent of children under the age of 12 suffer the same.

 

These statistics are pretty normal, and nightmares are expected to occur for everyone, not just children, especially if something troubling was experienced during the day.

However, things can become problematic when nightmares start to take over. When nightmares start to have an impact on your days and keep you from sleeping at night, this is called nightmare disorder.

Nightmare disorder can be brought about through a variety of means, including post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. People who have been through traumatic experiences in their lives often feel the effects of these experiences while they sleep. This is typically the case for combat veterans, and a recent study showed that 80 percent of those who suffer from PTSD report having regular nightmares.

 

The important thing to remember is that nightmares are just dreams. They are projections that our subconscious creates due to what we experience through our everyday lives. Although nightmares and dreams in general remain largely a mystery, they can be fairly good indicators for how we’re handling things in life. Unless your nightmares become a serious problem or you’re suffering from nightmare disorder, you should pay attention to what your brain is telling you during sleep.

Although they’re scary at night, they might be helpful during the day.