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Poll: Do you dream?

Vividly, like a movie 33 30.3%
Yeah, I dream 36 33%
Yeah, but it is a bit hazy 10 9.2%
Barely, it is quite limited and not vast 17 15.6%
Nope 13 11.9%
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TOPIC: Do you dream?

Do you dream? 3 years 8 months ago #40

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I wonder how many people dream and to what extent you dream.
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Do you dream? 3 years 8 months ago #45

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Do you dream? 3 years 8 months ago #47

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My dreams are foggy for sure, a really narrow area of focus.
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Do you dream? 3 years 8 months ago #60

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My dreams are realistic, I can't replay any of my dreams in my head but I can recall the general plot of my dream like you would a movie plot (without imagery of course). Though while I'm dreaming it's like what I see through my eyes physically, when I'm awake, except colours may be a tad duller.
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Do you dream? 3 years 8 months ago #86

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Guess I should comment here and not just rely on prior FB posts.

I dream, vividly but not realistically. My dreams are surreal and figurative, objects that I know represent mundane objects are bizarre or warped. I never dream of people I know with their faces, the faces in my dreams are complete strangers, amalgamations of some sort and I just "know" they represent a certain individual. I cannot recall my dreams visually upon awaking, but since they tend to be very deep in thoughts and feelings I can recall those aspects. Sometimes I am very aware I am dreaming, but it is not a true lucid dream, I cannot just change the environment as I wish, maybe because I still lack some of that capability, instead I can influence the plot line (such as it is) and direct the dream in a different direction, I started doing this around 13 years old, prior to that I suffered from nightmares and the occasional night terror frequently, so I speculate it was an adaptive strategy.
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Do you dream? 3 years 8 months ago #133

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It's funny how you mention lucid dreaming, I once had a teacher give me a technique to achieve this, but it involves keeping a dream diary and eventually as you remember more of your dreams and become more aware of them you can work your way up towards lucid dreaming. It might not be successful with everyone but this technique was relatively successful for me even though it took time to achieve.
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Do you dream? 3 years 8 months ago #174

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weird fear...I think if I could fully lucid dream I would most likely try to sleep all the time =)
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Do you dream? 3 years 8 months ago #194

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I've always been dreaming, but I used to belive that It was dreams without pictures. Nowdays I'm fairly certain that my dreams are visual, however the memories of the dream lacks any sensory information.

This was one of the early steps in discovering aphantasia for me.
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Do you dream? 3 years 8 months ago #962

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I dream occasionally, and occasionally my dreams are very vivid. I had a very odd dream back around 1969, or so, when my best friend at the time was doing recon patrols in Vietnam Nam. I won't bore you with the details, but suffice it to say, I woke up in morbid fear and a cold sweat. He came out of VN alive and well, by the way, became a devout Christian, and even though we no longer socialize on a regular basis, when we do get together, we pick right up as though little time has passed.

Most of my recent dreams have been concerned with the welfare of my dogs.
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Do you dream? 3 years 8 months ago #1000

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As a very young child i used to travel i could describe in words what i saw and maybe becaue i was young i never went far but i could describe places i had not been to. I must have been told i could not do it or something as at one point i stopped or i stopped remembering i then used to have a dream of my hand trying to get a glass that was on a wicker chair net to my bed i must have been 6 at the most and this glas was tiny and my hand could not reach it to pick it up as my hand was too big the glass too small. this was a recurring dream just as i fell asleep, this stopped and for many years i don't remember a dream till the last 3 year when the only dream i a aware of is when i fall asleep and have really horrid nightmares but its not in pictures its like i am telling a story. these occur a few times a month. no idea why they wake me up and i can get really upset with them but fall asleep quickly after.
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Do you dream? 3 years 8 months ago #1692

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I do not dream but my wife says I mumble so something must be happening.

In the morning while dozing before fully waking up I do lucid dream. Though this may be more like day dreaming, but I do notice that sleep paralysis restricts my movement. These dreams are more like reading a story that I can control but there are no pictures, sound or smell just descriptions.
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Do you dream? 3 years 8 months ago #1700

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I remember having vivid nightmares as a child and around high school, but from college onwards I've stopped having dreams. No clue what happened, but it takes me awhile to get my mind to rest and fall asleep and when I wake up, I'm pretty much wide awake, not much chance of me going back to sleep.

If dreams do have anything to do with Aphantasia, I wonder if my change from nightmares to nothing means that I somehow lost my ability to see with my mind's eye around that time. I haven't done much research into Aphantasia yet but do we know if it's like hereditary/life-long or could it be caused by either physical or mental trauma?
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Do you dream? 3 years 8 months ago #1709

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I found out about lucid dreaming a couple of years ago and since learning 'how' and keeping a nightly dream journal, find myself having multiple vivid visual dreams every night. Also I can become lucid several times a week, and then control my dreams, which is fantastic for actually doing/seeing all those things that normal visualizers can probably do just by closing their eyes.

People say they don't dream, but it's just poor recall. Couple of years ago I had no idea just how many dreams we have each night... I went from zero recall to now being able to recall 2-3 dreams every night.
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Do you dream? 3 years 8 months ago #1718

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I probably don't dream. I mean if I would have dream I would have remembered something besides vague concepts and feelings by now in my lifetime. I'm not even sure if this has something to do with aphantasia as it seems even people in this community can dream somehow so it may or may not be related to it. As for people saying that I do dream but have poor recall I did do some research about it and it does seem it is possible to to lose the ability to dream through brain trauma. How I got that trauma I have no idea and will probably never know.
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Do you dream? 3 years 6 months ago #1997

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I don't remember dreaming very much at all, but supposedly everyone dreams every night <shrug>

However, when I do dream, it is vivid, even though I have full-out Aphantasia when awake. Don't usually remember the details, though, even when I can remember that I dreamed.
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Do you dream? 3 years 6 months ago #2023

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Well this is very peculiar. Normally I would read the entire topic post before relying but this is the first time I have not.

I have been practicing lucid dreaming for about 2 years. It was more out of necessity than anything else. Shortly after taking psych meds my dreams became vivid and realistic. I would even dream that I woke up and started my day and eventually go back to sleep so when I actually wrote up I didn't know what was real or just a dream.

I use the standard techniques and equipment to help with LD and I also do shape my dreams so when I wake I am able to check for LD status like making/receiving calls in dreams so when I question myself I can check my call log on my phone. Or having convos by text, once again I can check my phone for verification.

I have had great dream recall as long as can recall, even so much in that I can wake in the morning and remember the vast majority of them well into the evening. That is very helpful to "continue" a dream a few days later. Last night I had a dream I had a motorcycle and the dream was awesome. I am gonna try to get back to that one.

Oh, I promise to attempt to read all the parts in this topic.
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Do you dream? 3 years 6 months ago #2030

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I definitely dream but usually only remember them if I'm woken mid dream.

I also sleep walk, sleep talk, sleep eat, have long wierd conversations, re-occuring dream locations and the occasional micro dream at the same time I'm awake.
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Do you dream? 3 years 6 months ago #2105

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I human guinea pigged myself last night. I took my prescription sleep meds which take about an hour before I start getting drowsy and after the two hour mark my eyes are pretty heavy. At around 2 1/2 hours I am pretty much done, even trying to go down the stairs becomes a hazard. That is if the pills work at all.

Well this time I decided to turn in at the 2 hour mark and start to have my dowsing dreams but before I completely fell asleep I woke myself up and just laid on my back to help keep me up (I rarely go to sleep on my back, usually only happens if I am with someone) then I just relaxed with my eyes closed with my timer set for 10 minutes. To my surprise I started to see tons of images flashing through my head. They were going so fast barely could recognize most of them, it was like a super fast slide show but it was slightly foggy. I opened my eyes and checked my timer and found out I only had my eyes closed for about 5 minutes. Even though the images I was actually able to identify were not scary the overall experience was quite overwhelming and a bit frightening. My dreams are mostly vivid and realistic so I don't think I was dreaming. Looks like I see more experimenting in my near future.
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Do you dream? 3 years 6 months ago #2112

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DizzyP, Yes! When I think about it, I will try to see images as I fall asleep. The closer to sleep I get, dark gray, cloudlike swirls will appear. I cannot make them look like something I want to see, they just form and sometimes I may identify something, just like looking at clouds. Once I saw a bright flash and then I was asleep I believe as I didn't jump out of bed or open my eyes despite being startled by it.

Last week as I was waking up, I saw images that were like old black and white photos with white borders. Nothing I recognized as having seen before, but they were like flash cards, one after another, zipping by very quickly. I think I remember one of a sailboat and another with a dog in it. I also do not think it was as dream as my dreams are in color, aren't still images, and are definitely weirder than a sailboat and a dog.
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Do you dream? 3 years 5 months ago #2117

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People always find it weird that I can dream, but not visualize. I honestly do not know if I "see" pictures when I dream or not. I can sometimes give details, vivid details, but its the same way I give details about a place I have visited. Its always recalled with words, feelings, and logic and not images. I'm not sure if there is a way to tell without some type of brain scan if I "saw" something or if my dreams are simply a story I tell myself when sleeping. This conversation almost always starts people down the path that if I can recall dreams I must be able to see them. And if I can see them then I can visualize I just need to practice. I am always willing to try new ideas to learn to visualize but if it were as easy as that I think I would have figured it out some where along the last 34 years :) It makes me chuckle when people insist I can do it if I try hard enough. Seems to bother them more than me.
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Do you dream? 3 years 5 months ago #2126

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I think I dream fairly normally, the only difference being that people in my dreams, no matter how well I know them, never look the same as they do in real life. They always have a different face.
Not being able to conjure up the images after I wake up I'm not exactly sure how they look in my dreams, I just know it's different.
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Do you dream? 3 years 5 months ago #2136

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No I do not dream at all
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Do you dream? 3 years 5 months ago #2287

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My dreams are as real to me as when I am awake. I see everything as though it were real. My senses work normally. I feel pleasure, pain, fear, anxiety, etc...

The most excruciating pain I've ever felt was when I dreampt a polar bear bit off my arm. I woke myself up from actually screaming out in pain. It turned out that my arm had fallen asleep and I deduced that as the reason I dreampt that. It was terrifying though, waking up in my pitch black bedroom and not being able to feel my arm after just experiencing it separating from my body. I will never forget that fear.
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Do you dream? 3 years 4 months ago #2300

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When I am sleeping I tend to have dreams, weather it's a nightmare or not, my dreams play out as a movie in my head but when I wake up and tell someone about the dream I had that night, it's not the same. It doesn't play in my head, it's just words coming out of my mouth.
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Do you dream? 3 years 4 months ago #2327

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My dreams are not visual, though I have pretty good dream recall. I can recall many details and plot points of my dreams, and they usually have chronological progression, but I don't experience any visuals or pictures. This is strange because I can remember having seen something in my dream despite never having imagined or dreamed it. It's as though my brain imagines detailed dreams and then forgets to show my what they look like.

I can recall the memory of being on the Space Needle's observation deck, but the closest I can get to actually visualizing what I saw is a vague and dim impression of things that I remember are part of the Seattle skyline. This is what all of my dreams and memories are like.
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