DISSOCIATION AND THE
Mind Activity During Sleep
consciousness was interrupted, and if any mental
operations were performed, they were of a subconscious character.
Let us see what the facts show.
In the first place, whenever you fall asleep, there is always a
first stage of "dozing off." Now, if you are gently aroused
from this state, you will find that you are always in the middle
of a dream, and you can trace its origin by a series of associations
to your last conscious sense-impressions.
Again, suppose that after living in the country for some time,
you move to the city and occupy a room in a downtown hotel. Your
first night with its multitude of unaccustomed noises will bring
you little repose. Yet, after a year of living in the same place,
DISSOCIATION AND THE ATTENTION
Proof of Mind Activity During Sleep
will sleep as sweetly to the tune of street-cars,
wagons and electric pianos as ever you did in the silence of the
That the senses are less acute in sleep than when we are awake may be admitted.
But when we are once asleep, they are just as sharp or just as torpid at the
end o f the year as they were on that first distressful night.
Why is it, then, that you were annoyed on the first night, but were not disturbed
by the same noises some months later? The noises, the physical surroundings,
are the same; the change, then, is not in the physical world, but is in your
own mind and its activity.
Clearly, the difference is identical with that we observed in the waking