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Swamp了aeryie
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0 posted 02-18-2001 11:32 PM       View Profile for Swamp了aeryie   Email Swamp了aeryie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Swamp了aeryie

recently i'm been surprised to find out the majority of people dream in black and white,because i ALWAYS dream in color,only my nightmares are black and white. I have attributed this to the fact that i'm greatly involved in painting/drawing/and jewlery making,therefore i'm a person who relies heavily on visual stimulation (my handwriting confirms this,yes i'm into graphology too =P)so anyhow...lets see if that's really true....tell me about your dreams...do you dream in color too?


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1 posted 02-19-2001 02:08 AM       View Profile for Irie   Email Irie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Irie

You're not the only one who was suprised.
The first time I heard this I thought I was actually being joked with.
I too dream in color....nightmares are in color as well.

Though I'm not an artist.....but I am a photographer.
Then again, I also shoot black & white.
So, I'm not sure if that says anything! LOL

Interesting point you've made here.
Wonder how many do dream in color and how many dream in black & white?????


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left by those who got there first"




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2 posted 02-19-2001 08:58 AM       View Profile for Acies   Email Acies   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Acies

I don't remember ever dreaming in black and white

So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this give life to thee." W.S.
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3 posted 02-19-2001 01:24 PM       View Profile for Sven   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Sven

It's been said that only women dream in color. . . I don't know why though. . . perhaps it's becasue women are more in touch with their emotions and feelings so that these "color" their dreams. . .

Now, that having been said, where does that put me??  I always dream in color. . . ever since I was old enough to know what dreams were. . .

hmmmmmmmmmmmm. . .

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Color more vivid in my dreams than when I'm awake. I wonder who said we dream in black/white. Evidently they didn't ask us!!!
Swamp了aeryie
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5 posted 02-19-2001 05:19 PM       View Profile for Swamp了aeryie   Email Swamp了aeryie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Swamp了aeryie

no kidding inot!! I've seen this in many science magazines,and when people say soemthing like "i had a strange dream last night" i always ask in color or bk/wht....they usually say bk/wht,but i can't beleive MOST people dream that way....hmmm...this is interesting so far that you've all said color

Do i contradict myself?Very well i contradict myself.I contain multitudes.~walt whitman
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6 posted 02-19-2001 07:10 PM       View Profile for Severn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Severn

Colour

absolutely colour

I've had only one vivid horror-story dream in black and white and it was like something straight from Hitchcock...(including a dead woman standing in front of a bush whose head was all bloody at the back....brrrrr)

I think it was SUPPOSED to be black and white...

I was beginning to think the whole b&w thing was a myth.

K


...and I have found that a lifetime can be lived in one moment...

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Surprisingly, there is very little information about the role that dreaming in color plays in dreams and dream interpretation. . .

It's been thought that colors in dreams are representative of feelings locked in the subconscious. . . there has also been much made recently about "Color Analysis" and the role that color plays in our lives. . . how it makes us feel. . . but what about dreaming in color??  Right now, I would say that the jury is out. . . way out. . .as there have been no studies on dreaming in color.  

So, I ask you that dream in color. . . what kinds of feelings does it stir in you?  Do you find that you always dream in color?  Do you find that you tend to remember more about your dreams when you dream in color?  

Have you ever dreamed in B/W??  And, how did that make you feel??  Can you remember what you were going through at the time that you did dream in B/W???

I'm very interested in seeing what you all have to say about this. . . who knows???  We could start our own little "dream study" right here. . .  

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8 posted 02-19-2001 09:01 PM       View Profile for Dopey Dope   Email Dopey Dope   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Dopey Dope

I ONLY dream in color........



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Swamp了aeryie
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9 posted 02-19-2001 09:53 PM       View Profile for Swamp了aeryie   Email Swamp了aeryie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Swamp了aeryie

severn- wooohoo!! HITCHCOCK!! i adore hitchcock!! I'm entirely obsessed with hitchcock!! funny we both have nightmares in bk and white. MOST of my nightmares hav been in black and white all though not ALL...i have had two or three technicolors.

Right on Sven!! i was waiting for someon to get interested...dream study up and away!!Now i'll talk about my dreams a bit,and answer you ever so leading questions(are you a pyschologist??)
1.feelings are diverse,it depends on the dream. If it's a happy dream,i feel happy,if someone has died i wake up crying,if it's a violent dream (i've had dreams where i kill people,which does not sound like a good thing!! They were strangers though,so i guess that's better than having dreams about killing my friends!!) i wake up frightened. I am esp. frightened and very shaken up when i am the one doing the chasing.The colors always go with the dream and the mood,my reactons are always in accord with that,although i often notice that outside scenes are esp. vibrant so vibrant the sunlight almost hurts my eyes,i don't think i've ever had a dreamwhere i went outside and it was winter....i wonder what that means??!!*^

2.No I do not always dream in color,but I have had maybe 5 nightmares in bk and white as long as I can remember.

3.No,the bk/whts are just as vivid,but terribly surreal. And usually they are flash dreams kind of that film technique where everything flashes and the camera kind of jiggles a lot hecticly. They are unreasonable,but disturbing. One I dreamed my room was filling with 2x2 black cubes while I lay in my bed until I could not breath,I woke up just as they were fillin in all my breathing space. It happen quick sped up and earsplitting until it reach the point where I was out of room and then it stopped suddenly and I layed there wide eyed and took in the scene before they continued and I woke up.

4. in real life I dont remember much about the time when I was having those dreams most,it was an oppressive enviroment,I was still living with my father. Now that y mum and I have moved out and live on our own my nightmares are in color more frequently,much less bk and whites although all surreal nightmares are always bk/wht. colored nightmares are always mostly realistic.

Im interested to see if anyone else has had similar experiences??


Do i contradict myself?Very well i contradict myself.I contain multitudes.~walt whitman
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10 posted 02-20-2001 02:54 AM       View Profile for Skyfyre   Email Skyfyre   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Skyfyre

I dream very much in color .. some of the most memorable impressions I have ever had from my dreams have been of the vividness and/or peciliarity of some color I experienced. I think a black and white dream would be ... well, unnatural, though I can't claim to have ever had one (that I remember, anyway).

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11 posted 02-20-2001 02:12 PM       View Profile for Swamp了aeryie   Email Swamp了aeryie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Swamp了aeryie

ANOTHER COLOR DREAMER!!!!! I think the scientists are all wrong!!!!!

Do i contradict myself?Very well i contradict myself.I contain multitudes.~walt whitman
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12 posted 02-20-2001 08:27 PM       View Profile for inot2B   Email inot2B   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for inot2B

I find that when I have been depressed that I don't dream or I don't remember dreaming. After a long bout with depression, a doctor gave me antidepressant pills. The first thing I noticed was I would wake from dreames and remember everything. Usually it was dreams mixed up with my everyday life and things I saw on TV or read in the newspaper. I can't remember any in b/w.
It would make me tired when I woke up. Now no more pills and back to dreaming only once in awhile.
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13 posted 02-20-2001 08:35 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth Cor   Email Elizabeth Cor   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Cor

Who dreams in black and white???
My dreams often have a surreal quality, the colors so bright they seem luminous... *TIME FOR A BAD ANALOGY* (but one which everyone here can understand ) think of the real world as a computer set to 16 bit with the color turned almost off... my dreams are then 32 bit True Color, hue and contrast up high. I swear the difference is that severe.

I still remember a dream I had of the sunrise... the colors, and that LIGHT...OMG...still as vivid in my head just now as the instant I woke up.


Okay, now we need another thread devoted to telling dreams. Hmmmm....

~Beth
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Well, SF, I'm not a psychologist. . . but dreams and dream interpretation have been a hobby of mine for a long time. . . and I've always wondered about "dreaming in color" so, I figured we've got a good group here. . . why not start with them??

quote:
The colors always go with the dream and the mood,my reactons are always in accord with that,although i often notice that outside scenes are esp. vibrant so vibrant the sunlight almost hurts my eyes,i don't think i've ever had a dreamwhere i went outside and it was winter....i wonder what that means??!!*^


Now, I'd like to ask this question. . . you say here that the colors always go with the dream and the mood.  Do you mean the colors in the dream or the colors of the objects and/or the setting of the dream?  If it's the latter, then your talking about dreaming of colors again, rather than dreaming in color.

The fact that you talk about the sunlight hurting your eyes may be related to the fact that it's there to "hide" parts of the dream from you that you're either not ready or not allowed to know.   Ever have the same dream on different nights??  If you have, did you ever notice if the settings and colors were different?  And if you noticed things that weren't there before???

Your black and white dreams sound a lot like mine. . . they have that "Flash" quality to them.  I've found that dreams like these tend to be more like nightmares.  Do you find that as well??

quote:
my nightmares are in color more frequently,much less bk and whites although all surreal nightmares are always bk/wht. colored nightmares are always mostly realistic.


I find this very interesting. . . usually, from what I've read, most people have nightmares in B/W, like I said before. . . for your nightmares to be in color and to be more "realistic" is very unique.  

inot2B, there's been a lot of study into the effect that antidepressants and other types of drugs can have on dreaming. . . it's been found that some of these drugs make the mind more open to remembering dreams and what not. . . but, whether or not the dreams that were had by those that were studied were their "actual" dreams or dreams that were caused by the effects of the drugs was unclear.  

By "actual" dreams, I mean dreams that are directly related to happenings and events in the life of the dreamer.

Beth, are you saying that your dreams are bright?  Or that the colors are so vivid as to be harsh or blurred??

Or, are you saying that the colors that you see are true to life?  Like being there???

This is very fascinating!!!  Thanks SF for bringing this up!!!

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Swamp了aeryie
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15 posted 02-21-2001 07:17 PM       View Profile for Swamp了aeryie   Email Swamp了aeryie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Swamp了aeryie

okay i shall clarify.I mean the colors in the dream are all true to life.Or they go with the way i was feeling. For Example: When i have a dream where i am chasing or being chased to kill or be killed i am running down a long straight hallway,the walls are grey/blue,my clothes are black and shades of grey,who ever is chasing me or who ever i am chasing in the dream has on greys and blacks,but for some reason they always have something red on too. one time it was a red bandana,one time it was red shoes,one time the cuff of one of his shirts was rolled up and the underneath part was red. There is never a face,only dark hair and i beleive it's a man. Anyhow,that whole enviroment of the hallway and clothes all being drab colors goes with the gloom and doom of the dream. This dream is never particularly scary while having it,but when i wake up it freaks me out because i wonder why i had it...lol that's silly i know.But esp. when I'M the one chasing with intent to kill,i don't like that,that's not something i would even tink about doin and it scares me when i dream about it.And that particular one i have had more than once on differnt nights.
The flash bk and white dreams are always nightmares.I have had colored dreams that had the same flash quality,these dreams were also the ones with the sunlight that hurt my eyes,but they weren't really nightmares.That's interesting no?? They also always involve water. which is also strange. In one i'm standing on a diving board getting ready to jump into the pool and i look up and the green of the trees is especially bright and the sulight makes my eyes water then i jump in and when i swim back up and squeeze the water out of my eyes and look up again it's the same thing,and the sunlight makes my eyes hurt. This is all in the flash mode,which seems to make the sunlight even more stunnin like a flash bulb but yellow. Another time i was laying on the sand by the pond at my old house,when i open my eyes the sunlight hurts,i decide i'm to hot and get up and walk to the dock and jump in,when i swim back up i rub the water out of my eyes and look back at the bright yellow sand,then up to the perfect blue sky and perfect clouds,again the sunlight blinds me.I had never before now connected the similarity between these too before. The pond/dock/sand one goes on longer and i remember alot from it,most of the rest is nonesense though and i don't see a connection.I am not afraid of water,i love water when i was a kid my parents called me frog girl because i spent all day in the pond or around the pond,nothing especially bad has ever happened to me in or around water,i can't think of anything i would hide from myself that had to do with water,but that's kind of an oxymoron isn't it?? heehee
Well dr. sven,any theories??
Have you ever seen "Spellbound" with ingrid bergman?? It's a hitchcock black and white film,if you ever get the chance watch it,you'd like it i promise,all about supressed memories and it has a dream analysis sequence very interesting...if you get amc they have it on every couplafew months.I warn you it's addictable i've been known to watch it over and over until tape wears out and must record new one...heehee


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16 posted 02-22-2001 01:19 AM       View Profile for Colin   Email Colin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Colin

I too dream mainly in colour. The colours can be very vivid at times and often stick strongly in my mind. Perhaps because I am red green colourblind, seeing these wild colours is such a luxury for me that they really stick.

I also occasionally dream in black and white. I've found these dreams to be very surreal like old silent movies. One involved a weird contraption about the length and width of a car, but twenty feet tall. It ran on 4 bicycle wheels and was driven by pedal power. Don't ask me what I was thinking about before I went to sleep that night... I haven't got a clue

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17 posted 02-23-2001 12:16 PM       View Profile for Dopey Dope   Email Dopey Dope   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Dopey Dope

Wow you all write a lot.
All I know is that I have never dreamed in black and white.


I was born myself, raised myself, and will continue to be myself. The world will just have to adjust.

I'm in love with my shadow
I admire it daily
Swamp了aeryie
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18 posted 02-23-2001 01:36 PM       View Profile for Swamp了aeryie   Email Swamp了aeryie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Swamp了aeryie

heheh....do you ever have nightmares??

much madness is divinest sense~Emily Dickinson
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19 posted 02-24-2001 03:28 PM       View Profile for Lakewalker   Email Lakewalker   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Lakewalker

Color?
Black and White?
Geez....
I can't even remember my dreams, and then you want me to you if they're in color or not? If I remember a dream, I'll try to pay attention to that now, but there's no promising I'll even remember one.

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Lakewalker, try this technique. . .

When you go to sleep tonight, say to yourself, "I will remember my dreams. . . " Say this to yourself over and over again until you fall asleep. You can even put this on a tape recorder and play it at a low volume while you're drifting off.

Keep a notebook by your bed and put it there before you go to sleep. . . when you wake up in the morning, pick it up, and start writing. . . don't worry about what you're writing, don't think about it. . . just let it come. . . see what happens. . .

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21 posted 02-25-2001 09:40 AM       View Profile for Swamp了aeryie   Email Swamp了aeryie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Swamp了aeryie

i would just like to say that that^(sven) really REALLY works!! i have managed to get up on time on many an occasion with out an alarm clock,i tell myself over and over that i will was up at 7 and when i wake up it's usually nearly 7 on the dot!! Isn't that great?? i think that's so cool!!And i've done the smae with dreams,most intriguing

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22 posted 02-25-2001 11:20 AM       View Profile for Colin   Email Colin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Colin

Ooooh, I've done that with the mental alarm clock too. Maybe I'll try it with dreams. Thanks for the pointer Sven

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Hey, you're welcome SF and Colin. . . this is something that I've used myself and it really works. . .

Dreams are really wonderful things that help us to learn more about ourselves. . . I hope that you'll all listen to your dreams more. . . and learn from them. . .

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24 posted 03-01-2001 06:07 AM       View Profile for Dee   Email Dee   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Dee

My dreams are always in colour.


And I'm not telling any of them here. (A lot of them should be in adult!)

Dee
 
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