Anonymous asked in Social SciencePsychology · 1 decade ago

Do your dreams ever seem so real that they start to blend in with reality?

It's happened to me a few times, and other times (even after I've been awake for hours) I will remember something that I have to take a while to think about it to realize it was a dream.

I think it's actually pretty interesting...

P.S. I'm not talking about some little details that you might forget anyway, but major events that would make your life very different. Otherwise I wouldn't bother asking this question.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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  • 1 decade ago

    Some more conservative dream theorists postulate that dreams are merely a result of excess sensory input "left over" from the previous day. This idea may explain why some dreams are extremely realistic in ever way, and sometimes leave you guessing as to what really happened and what did not. This might be a viable explanation if your daydreams are realistic in nature.

    Conversely, if your daydreams are more fantastic and abstract, but are combining with real day-to-day situations on a continual basis, then there may be a cause for alarm because that is a form of psychosis.

    Personally, I've had many dreams, like the first example, that seeped into the next morning and left me wondering if they really happened. It's definitely confusing, but somewhat entertaining when I figured things out.

  • 4 years ago

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    Do your dreams ever seem so real that they start to blend in with reality?

    It's happened to me a few times, and other times (even after I've been awake for hours) I will remember something that I have to take a while to think about it to realize it was a dream.

    I think it's actually pretty interesting...

    P.S. I'm not talking about some little details...

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  • 1 decade ago

    YES! I've had dreams that have come true which is pretty freaky...but sometimes you can dream about the last thing you saw or did before you went to sleep or you'll have weird dreams if you eat a heavy meal right before you go to sleep so that's just coincidental. But yeah in general it takes me a day to 'recover' from a heavy dream. Sometimes i feel like i've been running around for hours and wake up just as tired as when i went to sleep. I would suggest watching the movie "waking life" think it would help you in this department though it might freak you out even more heh heh....but in the area of dreams changing my life i think they definitley have. when i dreamt about my aunt dying when i hadn't even met her it freaked me out but was comforting too. i didn't even know her but i could sense something had happened and it wasn't necessarily a 'bad' or traumatic dream just sad. Keep dreaming and go with your intuition.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Yes, dream is said to be the desire, or fear of a person. Dreams do get a reality over-run when it was too intensive. Dreams are largely manifested from our unconscious mind, therefore, dreams are highly relevant to our waking lives.

    Sometimes, a dream takes an exact backdrop of our waking moments, that blurred the line between reality and dream.

    Personally, dreams are 'messages' sent out by our unconscious mind (that contains things we choose to ignore in the waking moment) that a nagging problem needs to be looked at.

    Importantly, we need to take note of the emotions involved when the dream took place, did you feel afraid, upset, angry, pleased, joyous.. etc.. in the dream. That gives an insight into the deeper meaning of your dream.

    I am trained in counselling, and a person who dreams every single night.

  • 1 decade ago

    No, but things that happen in reality sometimes seem like dreams to me. It's happened a few times where I can't remember if something actually happened.

  • 6 years ago

    My dreams, ESPECIALLY LUCID DREAMS AND PROPHETIC DREAMS always are clear. I'm able to use all five senses and can actually feel and see things clearly even when I need to wear glasses in reality. Usually when I don't lucid dream but when the dream is very clear, it's prophetic dreaming.

  • 1 decade ago

    Sounds interesting, but confusing. I have sad dreams sometimes and I wake up crying. It may take awhile to recover from the emotions, but I don't think I have ever confused a dream with reality. Who knows... there is much unknown about the relationships between consciousness, unconsciousness, subconsciousness and super-consciousness. Maybe it's like how we used to refer to "time" and "space" as mutually exclusive. They are now accepted as the "time/space continuum." Maybe you are okay, maybe you aren't. Maybe you should consult a professional.

    • Maverick5 years agoReport

      Space and time are referred to as space/time.

  • 5 years ago

    Do your memories appear in your head in picture form? It has been proven that increased intelligence increases the amount of dreams. Some dreams could actually be latent memories of past lives.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Yes, sometimes it's days later when I realize it didn't happen, it was only a dream. It's funny when I'm like "Hey do you remember that?" to a friend and they're like, "uh, no".

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