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Dreams and Books

It occurs to me, looking back over my dream poll from last week that I get a similar sort of emotional feedback from strong dreams as I sometimes do reading a really good book. It has to be one of those types of books, where it's not just the story that gets you, but the way it's written as well. It's that type of book that you can get so drawn into when reading that you forget where you are, and when you pull your nose out of the book your sometimes surprised by your surroundings. I don't get that often, but I recognize that strong displaced feeling. It's the same feeling I get every morning I wake up from a really strong dream.

Anyhow, I think the results of my poll were pretty interesting. For those that answered, the majority of people had very strong, emotionally intense dreams on a pretty regular basis. And I suppose I shouldn't have been surprised that no one answered they only dreamt in black and white. I think it's a trademark of the type of dreams we have to continually dream in color. Almost everyone answered that they'd done something in their dream and in their sleep. However, the results I found the most interesting was the close tie between people who consider themselves sound sleepers or not. I consider myself a pretty sound sleeper, when I get to sleep, but it's complicated a little, because the right kind of noise (no matter how light the noise) will wake me up easily.

Of course the best differences between the answers came from the Ninja Turtle question. :) I can't believe how many more people would rather be Raphael than Michaelangelo though! And hardly any love for Leo at all, no one wants to be the leader, huh?



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Feb. 1st, 2008 04:11 pm (UTC)
I think Leo suffers from what I call "Cyclops syndrome"... the leader is generally considered the boring one or the teacher's pet (if a teacher/mentor figure is still around), and people either gravitate towards the bad boy (Raphael), the mouth (Raphael, again), or the brains (Donatello).

I spend way too much time thinking about cartoon ensemble cast archetypes. And watching cartoons, of course.
Feb. 2nd, 2008 03:48 pm (UTC)
*I consider myself a pretty sound sleeper, when I get to sleep, but it's complicated a little, because the right kind of noise (no matter how light the noise) will wake me up easily.*

I can relate. If you ever decide to have kids, you will understand how a whispered, "Mom?" from across the house at 3 AM can bring you instantly awake.

I did have one black and white dream in my early 20s. I don't really remember what it was about, but I do remember I wasn't in it. It had this movie-like quality, and what makes it memorable is not that it was black and white, but that the girl in it was gray scale, and her lips were scarlet, and the guy was gray scale, but his shirt was electric blue. Weird.
Feb. 2nd, 2008 06:00 pm (UTC)
See, I was old enough when my little sister was born, that I developed that ability. That, and the fact that about the same time she was born, my little brothers developed this curiosity for sneaking into my room while I was still asleep.

When we got our kitty Sebastian, his little half-human sounding cries would wake me from a deep sleep at night. But as soon as I got used the them, they stopped waking me up.
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