Addressing the “Reality” of dreams

The irony is that we all hear voices and see “things that aren’t there” when we dream, voice and visions that we do not consciously create — and that’s considered socially acceptable. It’s even acceptable, to a certain extent, to look to dreams for personal direction. But for some reason, it’s not acceptable to listen to these voices or pay attention to these images when we are awake. And the truth is that everyone hears voices and sees image in their head, even when we are awake. And I would hazard that most people have had the experience of hearing a voice or seeing an image which did not feel like it came from them. And sometimes these experiences feel … well, significant… (

Talking to “yourself” is nor acceptable as it is mentally unstable
We could talk here about historical context, or even anthropology, we can take this to deep psychology or philosophy. The entire argument is a logical fallacy. The problem is that this is in fact Having a considerable level of experience with mentally ill people in my real life I get REALLY annoyed at this argument. It essentially is saying that your mentally ill and therefor everything you say, do, or have ever done is therefor able to be ignored. Which you can tell is a pretty stupid argument. Especially when we consider the fact that most of us, especially those who read this blog regularly will know that dreams are in fact a projection of our unconsciousness mixed with a dash of psychology and some neurology thrown in for good measure. If you think people who interact with their own unconsciousness are nuts, then I will kindly show you the door.

Now we have addressed that, we will go onto the idea of “Reality.”

Philosophically speaking our dreams are real. Not a different state or reality or a different universe. They are real. You experience thought in them, conduct actions, do things that seem as “real” as they do when you are awake. Sure they seem pretty silly, or “weird” ( when you are awake. Last night I had a dream that combined George R.R. Martins Song of Ice and Fire with Rob Balder’s and Doctor Who. We are not talking fully surreal (see
: ), but its pretty cool. Maybe some might say its “Weird” but we have already pretty much dismissed this sort of talk as logical fallacy and even possible bullying.

My point is, don’t worry about how “real” things are unless you really want to get a decent headache.

You want to interact with your dream characters? Do so. No really do. Interacting with your dreams is a awesome thing to do. Are they really spirits or gods? I can’t really answer that one for you. That really up to you, and I know what I think (but this is not a blog about my opinion on those matters, my opinions on religion/philosophy go elsewhere). And to be perfectly honest I think we have better things to do then argue ourselves into yet another debate that goes nowhere.

Worried about your mental health? Seek help from your GP or psychologist.


2 responses to “Addressing the “Reality” of dreams

  1. Couldn’t agree with you more. I once had a dream that I was driving a car and a cartoon dog that looked kind of like Snoopy, but was taller and yellow was next to me riding a red bicycle. He held onto the window wanting to get in or talk to me. We both stopped and then I woke up- Yes, it was weird. Yes, I’ve tried to make sense of it since I’ve had it when I was 8.

    I looked 20 in the dream, There was nothing weird about it though. When dreaming, it’s your mind wandering freely. During the day you can control your thoughts, or imagination: when asleep it’s all free. It’s a creative outlet I find- Forget reality and logic! Just accept it, however weird or creative or creepy it might be.

    That being said, if you have a recurring nightmare, I would definitely recommend looking up the symbolism of the things/objects in your dreams to see if it can shed so light into how you’re feeling during the day. During the day, we repress stuff, at night, we don’t.

    It can really relieve anxiety to know that your recurring nightmares are symbolic- once you crack the symbolism and process the feelings associated they will get better.

    • Thanks for the support! People don’t realize how negative saying “you talk to yourself? Your nuts!” Can be. It’s totally on if my biggest bugbears. Especially since talking to yourself is heavily promoted as “imaginary play” when your young. Turn into a “adult” and somehow it’s now wrong to interact with your imagination? Or your
      unconscious? Why?

      Symbology can be very comfort bringing to people. Despite my own feelings about them (I.e. very generic) dream dictionaries and the like can be immensely helpful to those searching for something that gives meaning. Nightmares are needed. We process fear, hate, jealousy and other negative emotions during them. Finding a reason “why” can bring a lot of comfort. Of course recurring nightmares should be something people seek professional help for.

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