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Why Are Dreams so Bizarre?

I love to hear about other people's dreams because they can be bizarre, especially the ones about sex or relationships since I'm convinced they're trying to tell people something juicy! Dreams can be so weird sometimes and according to Real Simple, there's actually a biological reason for it. In everyone's head, there's a part of the brain known as the prefrontal cortex, which is responsible for logic and reasoning. When you're snoozing, it goes temporarily dormant so your thoughts go uncensored. Dreams bring up snippets of old memories and recent experiences, but they're not necessarily in any semblance of order so they can seem illogical on the surface. Sometimes if you dig deeper and try to figure out what the images and events in your dreams symbolize, they can give you insight into your true feelings. Well that is for some of our dreams anyway. Other dreams may not be profound at all and could just be a patchwork of nonsense.

Experts believe that whether they make sense or not, dreams can help you emotionally understand new experiences, prepare you for change, help you cope with stress or trauma, and help you solve problems. Some experts also believe that dreams can foreshadow the future. So if you pay attention to your dreams, tell me, do they tend to have hidden meanings or messages behind them, or are your dreams usually a jumbled potpourri of absolutely nothing?


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rossinaross rossinaross 8 years
higgydt4 george lopez? eww!
Poster-of-a-Girl Poster-of-a-Girl 8 years
Lately, I keep having really realistic dreams in which I'm dying. I always wake up right as I'm about to hit the ground or take my last gulp of air. Last night I was drowning and woke up just as my lungs were filling up with water.. Freaks the hell out of me.
designerel designerel 8 years
I've been having weird, vivid dreams the past two weeks. Last night I dreamt that I didn't get a job I had applied for (in real life) because I hadn't sent any writing samples (which also held true in real life). When I checked the job posting today, it had been taken off the company website. Damn.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i've been known to have some WEIRD dreams, and i've looked them up online to see what they mean and i still don't ever really understand it all. :) i think that your mind can have a way of telling you about things when you're dreaming, but the ones that i have - i don't know what my mind is trying to communicate.
esmerb esmerb 8 years
I'm so glad you brought this up cause I had 2 very distinct and emotional dreams this wkend. In one, a former crush proposed to me and in the other I was making out with my ex boyfriend. Needless to say, they both freaked me OUT and I'm still left wondering, WTF!
apothecary06 apothecary06 8 years
A couple of nights ago I had this really weird dream where I went somewhere with my sister and a friend, and on the way we stopped at a bank because I needed cash. So I go to the ATM, and it spits out more money than I asked for - more money than I even had in my account, in fact. Then I look again and it's Monopoly money! I go to the customer service desk, and they tell me that I have to go online and correct the error myself! I get really mad, because it was their error to begin with and I don't have much time. I woke up before any of this was resolved.
higgydt4 higgydt4 8 years
I made out with George Lopez in my dream last night. Ew. And then I asked him about his wife and he said he didnt have a wife except for the one on his show. I asked what her name was and he said "Pinball." haha WEIRD!! I don't know how George Lopez got in my dream-I don't watch his show and never think of him...Soooo weirdddd.
rossinaross rossinaross 8 years
I try not to pay attention to my dreams but sometimes I need to. Has it even happen to you that you live something, something happens to you, and you're like 'I've dreamed this!' It happens to me a lot. When I was younger, a little kid, I used to think it was just my imagination, but I've read about dreams, studied about it, and I kind of believe that in some way, we might experience some of our future [maybe?] in our dreams. Is creepy thinking about it hahaaa. But yes, it happens to me a lot.
RosaDilia RosaDilia 8 years
I don't exactly follow my dreams but I've been able to predict that two of my sisters were pregnant before they found out and told anyone because of weird dream. One of them involved money or buying something at a store. They were both shocked when I called them. Still today they don't believe me it was via a dream that I knew they were pregnant.
looseseal looseseal 8 years
The "you go to do something but you're held back by some unknown force" thing is pretty common in my dreams, too. I'd figure it most likely means I'm feeling restrained by something in my life. This kind of thing is relatively easy to figure out - like when I dream I'm in some kind of maze-like building equals I feel lost in life. And sometimes my dreams are even more "duh" than that - I'd dream I missed deadline for an important assignment - it's because I'm worried about making deadline for a real life assignment. Heehee. The deja-vu dream is not a common occurrence with me, but it's happened twice now that I can remember. When I was a kid I had a vivid dream of being inside a beautiful old place, and then later when I visited the Empress Hotel in Victoria for the first time, I feel like I've been there before. The next one is over a decade later, just happened recently. I dreamt about being inside a car so long you can't see the ends of it. Then it crashed into a forest. In real life the following week, I saw three train derailments in the news. It could be just coincidence, but it did manage to give me the creeps. My mom claim to have gotten messages from my dead grandmother in her dreams (my father's mother, not her own mother). A lot of people seem to have similar stories about dead friends and relatives, so maybe this can be explained by this signifying that they have been missing someone and keeping them in their thoughts.
lilCROAT03 lilCROAT03 8 years
drummerchick i have the same sh*t. except no one believes me when i try and explain. that AND i always seem to be fighting physically in my dream but its like someone's holding arms back. that and when i have to scream i can't like i'm just gurgling.
drummerchick1 drummerchick1 8 years
yeah, my dreams sometimes foreshadow the future. it's really weird, i'll have a dejavu and remember it was a dream i had...sometimes my dreams are nothing, but when i have a really interesting dream i get kinda nervous about it, just in case it might come true.
austerity austerity 8 years
I have no idea if my dreams have a deeper meaning, but I do tend to have clear, vivid, eventful dreams; would be great to find out what they mean sometime...sometimes I wonder if I'm a freak according to the experts :P. I have always been very imaginative and artistic since childhood and I tell whole stories in my sleep: last week, I actually picked up the phone in my sleep and called my boyfriend over at 7 AM on a Saturday morning, telling him some nonsensical story about a small Indian restaurant that was going to take over the world! He actually came over all worried because of the crap I spoke on the phone...and ended up laughing his head off when he got here! needless to say I was very embarrassed. Later when I opened my laptop, I found an open window in which I had googled the 'name' of the restaurant. Ya. So tell me experts, is there any hope for me??? :D
katherinev katherinev 8 years
In my dream last night, a good friend of mine drunkenly impregnated Jamie Lynn Spears with septuplets and she gave birth at my school. I realllly want to know what that means.
Marci Marci 8 years
We are the creators of our dreams, on some level, so they can often be analyzed by us. I had a dream last night that this morning I was able to dissect and know what it was about, even though on the surface it seemed miles away from what it was addressing. I have a few dream books and love to look up what things in my dreams symbolize, and it's amazing how they are so specific about things that are going on in my life, most of the time.
Mesayme Mesayme 8 years
My reality is a mere wide awake dream... :true:
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