Are most people in your dreams real people you know, or people with no real-life counterparts?

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Thread title says it all.

For me it's about 65% real people I know (although they often do things they wouldn't do IRL), and about 1/3 that don't seem to be anyone I really know, even though in my dream they might be a close friend. (And unlike some people I know, celebrities almost never figure into my dreams, although I've met a few cult figures in dreamland).

Lee547 (Lee626), Sunday, 4 September 2011 15:32 (seven years ago) Permalink

Mostly people I've known, probably about 80%.

Actually, most of them are friends from school who I haven't seen since. I admit this bothers me a bit, because that was a long time ago now, but I saw those people almost every day for 7 years, whereas now most people seem to be in my life for about 3 years on average, not enough to make it to whichever bit of the subconscious dreams pick up on very often :/

(what also bothers me is that sometimes I dream about these people as if they're just people I see every day, but sometimes I realise I haven't seen them for a bit, maybe a year or two. It's then kind of depressing to wake up and realise that it's actually, ugh, 13 years now, man I'm old, etc)

the ascent of nyan (a passing spacecadet), Sunday, 4 September 2011 17:30 (seven years ago) Permalink

For me it's 100% either people I know or real life celebrities.

three word displayname (snoball), Sunday, 4 September 2011 17:32 (seven years ago) Permalink

And celebrities usually appear in my dreams a lot, probably 50/50 with people I know.

three word displayname (snoball), Sunday, 4 September 2011 17:34 (seven years ago) Permalink

most of them are friends from school who I haven't seen since. I admit this bothers me a bit, because that was a long time ago now

(what also bothers me is that sometimes I dream about these people as if they're just people I see every day, but sometimes I realise I haven't seen them for a bit, maybe a year or two


I get this alot too (although usually friends I've made and lost/haven't kept in touch with from at least university and forward). I take it as a sign that it's been too long since I've seen or talked with them and should give them a ring. I too often let good friends fall by the wayside by not staying in touch. I think back and realize the last few times we talked, they called me rather than the reverse - it's easy to see why they would think I don't really want them in my life anymore even though I do.

Not surprising I don't dream of celebrities - I don't pay much attention to celeb culture IRL either. I pass by the tabloids with headlines screaming about the latest scandals, with celebs identified only by first names, and I don't even know which Jen or Bob they're referring to.

Lee547 (Lee626), Sunday, 4 September 2011 19:23 (seven years ago) Permalink

mostly people i know and most of my dreams have a crushing residual air of disappointment.not fun.

second only to popcorn (or something), Saturday, 10 September 2011 22:58 (seven years ago) Permalink


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