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No.2343

I'm beginning to notice patterns in my dreams that are heavily influenced by my waking life.
It seems to me like the specifics of the dream could be more or less anything, but now that I'm experiencing a noticeable shift in the way my waking life goes, my dreams are changing in nature.When I was very little I could do the usual dream stuff like fly just because I wanted to. When I was in my pre/early teens I had a lot of anxiety-fueled dreams and nightmares because school was awful for me and I took even minor punishments really personally, then when I got older I was almost exclusively an observer in my dreams watching things that weren't good or bad transpire without even the desire to involve myself, even if they got disturbing, or even dreams where I was a completely disembodied observer watching worlds with no living things in them.
But starting back in November 2015, I've had something really good happen to me and I've got agency and power in my dreams I haven't had since I was very young. I don't remember my dreams often because I don't sleep consistently, but earlier this week I had a dream that I was in a class that involved being able to scale tall buildings effortlessly, and when it was my turn I told the instructor "of COURSE I can!" with a smile on my face (unusual for me), immediately walked up to the building and scaled it like I was rock climbing in half normal gravity. I could still feel the exertion because my real-world scrawny arms were part of the dream but I had agency, confidence, and was mostly unbound from normal constraints, and the weather in the dream was clear and sunny when normally it's cloudy or foggy.

So I think all this is pretty obviously a subconscious reflection of how I see myself in relation to the world. Has anyone else experienced anything similar as far as overall tone shifts in their dreams over time?

  No.2359

When I was a child I used to dream a lot about me drowning, because I didn't know how to swim (I still don't). When I hit puberty my dreams started to get extremely sexual (yeah, hormones). Now my dreams are, as you said, heavily influenced by my waking life - stress at school, deadlines. So yes, I have noticed a shift in my dreams too.

  No.2362

Well, I guess that's just how dreams work. Mine are very easy to understand, because they're not abstract at all, most of the time they are just very literal expressions of my wishes or fears, so if I wish for or fear something, I will dream of it coming true. I wish I could remember my dreams more often, because they are extremely helpful, especially when my concious self can't really pinpoint what is going on at the moment.
And yes, there are definitely shifts in the tone of my dreams depending on how I generally feel.

  No.2367

Just read Carl Gustav Jung op

  No.2372

>>2343
The only things I can think of on my end are: From Grades 5 - 8(?), the majority of my dreams were nightmares, including at their worst: Being suffocated by a shadow beast, committing murder (once), and committing suicide. I admit years later that I actually enjoyed myself in the murder dream. Middle school was a dark time...

In high school, I was a vidya addict. So, I had many many dreams where I was in Runescape, Halo, or a combination of the two. These dreams often merged them w/ real life/were very immersive, so I felt I was actually sniping kids, or chopping 2D trees.

These days, it's almost always a reflection of real life, only with any number of inconsistencies that I never notice until I wake up & remember something being off.
Examples: My ex-gf is my sister, the supermarket I work at is playing music I like/has a structural irregularity (I wish), I'm doing something that's spatially impossible, or my waifu/other anime girls/my imaginary siblings exist and are making fun of me while getting sadistic enjoyment out of it.

  No.2381

Not surprising. Dreams are pretty much, as Freud theorized, wish fulfillments.