Of course, to say that dreams have an emotion-regulating function is not to say that they have no other function—they might be multi-functional. They might aid in memory retention or help with cognitive tasks or allow us to blow off steam or provide a space for adaptive simulation or even provide sexual release. There is a tendency among dream theorists to assign a single function to dreams, but this may be quite false to the facts; certainly, an organ that evolved for one purpose might acquire others as evolutionary time passes. Still, I rather fancy that emotion regulation is the main function of dreams, and the reason for their original appearance. The dreaming part of the brain evolved to deal with the emotional part, a kind of in-house corrective.
0 0 Colin McGinn Colin McGinn2021-11-12 16:32:392021-11-12 16:32:39Footnote to “Emotion Management”