Scientists and Mental Health Professionals Discuss Why Dreams Come True

Joel Eisenberg

A consensus is dreams being willed into existence may be possible, and the quality of sleep provides clues.
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This article is based on scientific postings and accredited media reports. All linked information within this article is fully-attributed to the following outlets: Neurology Live, Psychology Today,, and


Consider this: If some of your dreams come true, or, if even one of your dreams come true, could other of your more grounded and less fantastic dreams do the same? Is there, perhaps, a mechanism of some sort that effectively realizes certain dreams?

Can this phenomenon be explained by science?

In her February, 2018 article for “Neurology Live,” entitled “Dreams... Why Do Some Come True?“ writer Heidi Moawad, MD states: Some experts suggest that dreams may include events that a person has not necessarily thought through while awake. After dreaming of something, such as passing or failing a test, a student might begin to believe in the probability of either outcome. In this example, a student’s behavior might change: he or she may study more or less for the test after the dream.

Some dreams reflect life realities, however, that cannot be controlled. A personal (and quite painful) example regarded the passing of my own father from a liver illness. The evening before his death, I dreamt of my mother who I had last visited two weeks prior. In my dream, my mother was trying to inform me of important news regarding my dad. Through her tears, though, she could not get out the words. For my part, I was frightened and losing patience. I implored my mother to try to tell me. She could not.

I woke up the following morning, went to my computer and began my day with the usual routine. My phone rang; it was my brother.

”Dad died,” he said. He was with my mother, as was my other brother.

Through my own tears I asked, “How’s mom?”

“She can’t talk,” he said.

I have written two other articles on the mysteries of dreaming for NewsBreak. See here for “How to Identify Signs and Symptoms of Nightmare Disorder,” and here for “Why Do We Dream of Deceased Loved Ones? Mental Health Professionals and Dream Analysts Debate Possible Reasons.”

Let us explore further.

The Manifestation of Dreams

The word “manifestation” is often used in a spiritual or religious sense. For example, “I‘m going to think pleasant thoughts and manifest my dreams.” Or, “I’m going to pray on it and find another job next week.”

In February of 2020, Psychology Today published a well-shared blog by Tchiki Davis, Ph.D, entitled “What Is Manifestation? Science-Based Ways to Manifest.”

The article provided a noted caveat to the term, stating: Manifestation has become popular thanks to books like The Secret and The Law of Attraction. Unfortunately, most psychological scientists will tell you that these books are based on pseudoscience—they claim to be scientific and factual, but they're not actually based on scientific evidence.

Indeed, a targeted Google search will bear out website after website from so-called “experts” who quote from those very volumes about how to manifest virtually anything at all.

What, though, is a legitimate and common mental health-related outlook on the matter?

Davis’ article represents that answer, further stating: For example, if you don't think you can succeed in some goal, let's say getting your dream job, you'll set in motion events that will actually make it more likely that you won't get your dream job. Maybe you'll be cold or grumpy during a job interview. Maybe you'll engage in negative self-talk with someone who could help you. Or maybe you'll just feel angry and not spend the necessary time required to reach your goal. Your beliefs set in motion circumstances that affect your ability to manifest an outcome.

Though dream manifestation is not a topic of Davis’ piece per se, according to dream researchers and scientists the same general rules can apply.

To expound on the topic a bit, there are two facets of dreams coming true that are examined herein. The first are about dreams that prove prophetic. The second is to proactively manifest those sleeping dreams that one wants to come true.

What sleep researches and scientists have been studying closely of late is whether there is some sort of process within the dream realm, one that remains elusive and is as yet identified, that scientifically proves dreams can be manipulated into a desired outcome in daily life.

Last month, updated an article on the former facet, written by Sarah Shoen and medically reviewed by Dr. Abhinav Singh, Sleep Physician, entitled “What Are Precognitive (Premonition) Dreams?”

As excerpted from the article: At this time there is little scientific evidence suggesting that dreams can predict the future. Some research suggests that certain types of dreams may help predict the onset of illness or mental decline in the dream, however. For example, in people with Parkinson’s disease, dreams containing negative emotions are correlated with future cognitive decline.

It appears, formally, that the jury is out on both matters, although examples of both have long been proven to occur.

The question becomes if these occurrences are flukes, or isolated incidents?

To now, there is no definitive answer.


Once the purview of new age teachings, the manifestation of sleeping dreams has become a legitimate field of study for both scientists and mental health professionals.

Though the research for both entities has to now remained inconclusive, those studies will continue. Most seem to agree, however, that in the presence of illness or lack of proper sleep, one’s dream life will also suffer.

Thank you for reading.

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