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In the movie Inception, many psychology concepts were used. One concept that was used in this movie is that pain is a product of the mind. We see this in the movie through the way that it is portrayed by the characters that they are still able to get hurt in these dreams. In these dreams, if they get killed, it is what’s known as a “kick” or a push back into reality. When someone is hurt in the dream, they are completely capable of feeling all of the pain up until the point of their last breaths, and then they wake up. In reality, one’s dreams will not lead them to dreamed pain sensations.

A dream most likely will not lead someone to feel any physical pain. It might cause anxiousness, sadness, or even anger, but not many studies exist that can verify that people feel pain from their dreams. Now, not all of this is false information. Pain is in fact a product of the mind. Pain comes from the sensors in your body that are all connected to one thing: your brain. This is why sometimes when people get hurt they don’t instantly start freaking out. People become taken back by what happened to the point that they don’t even realize that they are hurt yet, but once they come back to the grips of reality, that is when the pain kicks in.

Another concept that was used is that we never remember the beginning of our dreams. We never remember how we got there, who anyone is, or why we are there at all. They showed this to us in the movie by asking the people in the dreams if they could remember where they were and how they got there. Not one person could tell how they got there because they just simply couldn’t remember. This concept is true for almost all people, but more often in real life people don’t remember any of the dream at all, let alone just the beginning.

In a sleep study, researchers used a electroencephalography to measure the alpha waves in which increase and decrease depending on their level of awareness while they are asleep. They had the participants listen to background music as they slept and then played their names. The people with a higher alpha waves are more likely to remember their dreams because they are more aware. Their brains are more widely awake from hearing their names so they are more inclined to remembering their dreams. So, no one really ever remembers the beginning of the dreams, most people do not really remember any part of the dream at all, and people especially don’t remember it the way they try to make it look in this movie.

The next concept is losing your mental grasp on reality. In this movie, it is made very clear to us who loses their mental grasp on reality, but they don’t do it in the most factually accurate way. Marion Cotillard, or Mal, lost her grasp on reality because they fell into what they call limbo. Limbo is where people go when you can’t wake up from the dream. They were there for so long that limbo actually became Mal’s reality. When they woke up, she couldn’t handle it because she didn’t believe that she was awake. It drove her mad, it drove her to kill herself thinking that it would wake her up, but it didn’t.

Now, yes, people can actually lose their mental grasp on reality, but no, it’s not usually because of a dream. For someone to lose that, it takes a little more than a dream. It takes a mental illness, the loss of a loved one, traumatic experiences, etc. It is all pretty confusing to think and talk about though because all we know is what we have always known. Everything that we are taught, everything that we hear, everything that we see, it could all just be some big dream. What if life actually was a dream? We would have absolutely no idea what reality actually is or how to handle it, but anyone could lose their mental grasp on reality at that point I’d imagine.

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3 Responses to “Perception of Inception”

  1. Clara Licklider on November 20th, 2018 1:44 pm

    I love your article Lanie! Inception sounds like a really good movie but also very confusing. I’m glad you wrote this article because I feel as if I could understand it better if I were to watch the movie. I also like how you didn’t give away much of the movie at all so when I watch it it’ll still be a surprise. Keep up the good work!

  2. Bowe Brooks on November 26th, 2018 8:17 am

    I enjoyed watching this movie a lot. I think you did a great job talking about the movie without giving out too much. You also did a great job describing what the movie is about even though it is very confusing. Great job.

  3. Levi Dyer on December 9th, 2018 7:42 pm

    Wow this sounds like an awesome movie. I’m probably going to watch it soon. You did really well grabbing the readers attention. Your initial description of the movie made me want to open a new tab and watch it then. I always have a hard time looking for movies to watch. You should writhe these more often.

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