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/dr/ is a place to discuss night and day dreams.

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ITT:Worst nightmare you ever had.
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A few nights ago I had a dream where I was a small child and a friend of the family (who does not exist IRL) was living with us. Every day my parents would go out the house and he would chase me down and beat me, I felt so weak and helpless. Throughout the dream he would just hurt, torment and threaten me whenever my parents were out of sight and then act all charming around them. I remember in the dream I didn't even think about telling my parents what was going on because I was scared and it was sort of like I had the mind of a child. I was so confused and upset and the man actually seemed more like a big monster to me. And yeah… this dream went on for quite and while and it was very distressing. When I woke up I was both relieved and sort of shocked at what I had dreamed.
I had no such experience growing up so it came as a shock that I would dream it out of nowhere.
My parents never hurt me and neither did any family friends, I am not sure what caused this dream but it has been on the back of my mind ever since. There is nothing quite as scary as being a small child who has no hope of defending themselves from a fully grown adult.
The dream has given me more empathy and thought towards those who have had such experiences for real growing up.


that's pretty spooky


one where I visited my grandparents house
it was a long long time ago, just before both of them died
it was a normal bright day, and they lived just down the road so i went to visit like i would usually
most stuff was normal in the nightmare but i couldnt stop feeling like something was wrong
their faces were wrong, and they spoke sort of robot-like
when i tried to act like everything was fine, they got agressive, and when they realised that i figured out they werent my grandparents, their mouths extended past their heads in a rage and they marched towards me making a horrible low-pitched noise

ive had similar nightmares but in other situations, where these "invaders" ill call them, try and convince me that im living my everyday life, and when i realise im not, try to kill me


I killed someone very close to me
I thought it was real


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I used to have recurring nightmares as a child about dinosaurs. I think it had something to do with having watched Jurassic Park way before I was ready to see something so violent. Most of my dreams would involve hiding from or being chased by herds of dinosaurs. I remember one dream vividly where I was hiding in a caravan and dinosaurs were circling it. I had to go to school, which meant passing some of these herds and I was holding onto someone's hand really tightly and holding my breath. The dreams were never gory/violent but they were very, very tense. At some point I realised that if I hit myself really hard in the dream, that I would actually hit myself in real life too which would wake me (although, first I had to realise I was in a dream, which is terribly difficult). I guess this is why people talk about "pinching" themselves to wake themselves up.

I think the worst nightmares are always in sleep paralysis or while having night terrors. It's very difficult to tell that you're dreaming and the hallucinations seem real because a part of you is awake. I've had all kinds of hallucinations of shadows coming into my room, insects crawling all over my bed and I'll even have times where I'll get up and go about my morning routine but something is "off" like someone will say something cruel to me and then all of a sudden I wake for real. Sometimes I can't tell if the hallucination really happened or if it was just a hallucination. It genuinely puts me in a horrible mood for the rest of the day.

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Subject says it all!

I had a strange one recently, though most of my dreams aren't at all based in common reality, this one stood out not only because it felt like I was in a situation that could happen (in non-dream standards, mind you), but I was also me at an age of I think around 12-13. It also featured my little sister, around the age of 7 or 8 (her current age).

Basically what happens is that our mother who I can only assume is the last surviving of her family dies, and we were left to go live with our older adoptive sister. This is all assumed, as in this is kind of the context I was feeling while in the dream, why things were happening, why I was there. Our older adoptive sister was an anthropomorphic possum though she didn't dress the same way I believe it was based on the main character from a webcomic called 'habits' or 'clementine' as some call it on vice because she was basically homeless. We walked around a downtown area of a medium sized city as she would drink alcohol and flip off cars that passed us by, edging us on to do so with her. I would, but my little sister wouldn't. Then she bought us slushies, poured alcohol into mine and I got drunk with her while my little sister just drank a normal slushy, after that I woke up.

I liked it, felt like I was having fun in the dream in the innocent way a kid at that age would despite the shitty situation.
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>small but thick and heavy mech


Hell of a dream, anon. Very dream-like. Good one. I hope I have a dream sometime soon, too. Maybe not today though, because I just watched a pretty scary horror movie.


I had a dream that I was alone with in my house with one of my mum's milf friends (who doesn't exist irl). I don't remember the details but she comented seeing on my dick through my sweatpants, and then we fucked and it was incredibly hot casual sex (yes even in my dream I used a condom). I want to continue that dream but in real life because I don't have sex.


I was cleaning this classroom, trying to make a good job of it. A guy who was my friend during middle school kept showing up here and there telling he was about to participate on a very demanding race and I encouraged him to do his best. There's some money lying around the room so I gather all of it in a box. The blackboard is fairly dirty and someone comes around and suggests we use bleach on it. He takes the blackboard away to soak in bleach and when he comes back, the entire surfice of the thing has changed into this rags texture and is falling all over the place. I complain it took hours to do this and it turned out awful, that we should just cleaned normally with a wet cloth.


I wish I could remember my dreams in their entirety. I used to write them down and it helped a lot, I really need to start doing that again.

Part of my dream from last night was that I was back in school again and someone brought a gerbil to class. I think it was black and red. At one point, someone opened the classroom door and the gerbil ran out. I was really worried for the gerbil, so I helped to search for it. I found it under a table and I had to crawl under to reach it. I caught it but the little thing was so scared that its heart was racing. I knew I did the right thing but I also felt bad about giving it a fright.

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No. 966 [Reply]

How come our minds can make super complex dreams sometimes that are like movies and have plots and are interesting but when you try to make up a story consciously it sucks or you can't think of anything?
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it's the opposite for me. i have a super vivid imagination and daydream a lot, but when it comes to normal dreams i can never remember them.


Dreams are just an experience of the subconscious. They unfold completely organically, there is no arch, no story to be written, it's just things happening as they occur to you. Writing stories requires a working understanding of a bunch of different things most people can't be bothered to care about.


Reality cannot distract you when you're asleep.


if you actually watched a dream whilst you were sober, it would be an incoherent mess. Your brain just sort of accepts it at the time


I think when we consciously try to come up with a story, we tend to stick too closely to tropes and conventions, so it ends up feeling boring. Dreams don't care about rules or logic. They have no filter. That's what makes them such a great source of creativity.

This is probably true. The real magic happens just after you wake up, when your half-lucid mind tries to make sense of the dream. That's the one moment when we are able to mediate between raw sensory impressions and structured, conceptual thought.

Most of my good ideas have emerged from that state of mind.

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No. 756 [Reply]

That sad feeling when you woke up and realise it was just a dream.
What was it, Anon?
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>I also have had a dream where I've slept with my sister before

Is this what brought us together to this place?


It does not "just happen". It is symptomatic of a highly disordered mind.

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Those are good dreams, don't listen >>971



Reading this hasn't helped those thoughts.


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I am working in catering and my coworkers and I want to do something but my boss tells me to dry the dishes. They are still dirty so I'm a bit annoyed I also need to wash them. A woman coworker asks if I would join a card game they play. "No I still need to do this". When she's walking away I say silently, afraid others might hear me, "but I'd love to play with such a beauty as yourself".

Some time has passed. I know now that she's the daughter of the boss and she tells me she wants to move out of her mothers house. "I have places all over the country" she states. "Come live with me, it's more exotic; I live in a different country". She sits on my lap wearing a dark vest and skirt. I feel her around me as I look slightly up to her face. Shes's got long black hair (used to be blonde) and her nose is shorter than expected, like an asian woman. Taken by both love and lust I thrust faster. "Nope nope, nope, don't come yet" she coos as she copies my rhytm, phase and amplitude to be relatively motionless. I slow down and she keeps moving in her own slower pace. I feel that she loves and wants me just as much as I her — and I wake up.

First time I've had sex albeit in a dream in the presence of mutual love. Felt good fam. Even despite the frustration of waking up too early.

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Do you guys ever get dreams that are a continuation or a retelling of some dream you've had in the past?
I swear this has happened to me at least three times already. Maybe it's just deja vu, because I feel like, fuck I've seen this before, when I wake up.
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that's some silent hill level spookiness


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Sometimes the dreams are nightmares and they're so bad that i intentional try to make myself forget them, but usually the dreams are just me and my friends trying to do normal stuff in the weird world around us and acting like everything is normal. Most of the buildings are in the same place they are in real life, but the landscape is different, so there are thrift-stores on stilts in the ocean, or gas-stations partially buried in sand. So sometimes I have to dig or swim to get where I'm trying to go in the dream!


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Ive had the same sort of dream, i can only remember having it about three times but its a slightly different version of my town where certain features are different such as stores, layout and terrain. Its also a sunnier if i remember correctly, and inhad more friends.


I don't dream much, but I do dream. When I was a child dreams were more usual, I think. Maybe I'm wrong. I usually dream about my town. I think the first dream I remember having involved me walking in a road next to my town's cemetery. Everything was full of mist, and people looked like like white cloudy figures.
I once dreamt about a gas station that was not there back then. A few months later it was. Other times I've dreamt about places in my town that do not exist. Once I saw a house that still doesn't exist, but in front of that house there was a playground with trees. The trees I saw them last week. They had not been there before either.
When I was a kid I would usually visit this room, it looked like a yard but the ground was made of something white, and it was surrounded by columns made of it as well. I was staring at people there from a corner surrounded by trees, by leaves. I have not returned there.

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How do i dream properly? I can never seem to be able to have interesting or memorable dreams, i usually just think of a plot just before i fall asleep so that i have something i can work with.
The last dream i can remember is where i was on a bullet train and before the train stopped, a japanese woman turned to me and said "Do you know what betrayal is?" and then i woke up. I do however dream better during the day as i walk in circles around the house lost in daydreams. Any tips to get more interesting dreams?


I always feel incredibly tired when I dream.


Exercising within 3 hours of going to bed is something that has helped me


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I'd say reading.
It "enriches" the unconciouss with new knowledge and stories.
I often dream of things in books but only months later.

A week ago I dreamt of two ravens. Both of them only had one eye.
I'm not sure what their meaning related to my dream is (if there is any at all) but this they're probably the two ravens of Odin, Hugin and Mugin, who leave everyday to gather news for their caretaker. Odin only has one eye so that's where that came from.

I know there isn't a huge story behind it but I find it pretty cool.

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I see this figure in my dreams. Out of the corner of my eye, he looks like a man wearing a rain coat. When I've gotten a good look at him, he's actually a floating raincoat with some sort of strange light shining from where the head would be. On the surface of the light is the face of a man in his 30s or 40s. He's clean shaven with light green or bluish eyes & a 1000-yard stare, thin lips on a mouth in a constant neutral expression, with thin, light-brown eyebrows. The face kind of "floats" on the light, sliding slightly from place to place as it moves like the puck in air hockey. The light behind the face is kind of a bluish, greenish hue but mostly white.

Sorry in advance for MS paint but it was the best I could do. He doesn't have any hands, feet or legs, but has a shadow. I have a very specific recurring dream where I'm maybe 8 or at most 10, walking in a wooded area that looks like an area near my old home. A little girl with dark brown hair is with me. We pass a cactus with a large fruit and then spot the creature. I tell her to get down, but it hovers menacingly, looking for us. I don't know why I keep having the dream. The girl is wearing a pink or red white polkadot dress and sandals. I'm in jeans, t-shirt and sneakers. She's short, maybe younger, and seems familiar but I can't identify who. It happen years apart, and don't doesn't correlate to anything like stress or life events. The earliest was when I was a teen. I'm not normally skittish. It will take this specific form and always ends with me waking up in a cold sweat w/ intense fear. Sometimes he will "hijack" other dreams by appearing in a crowd of people or just out of no where. In darkness, he's easy to miss, especially in rain but sometimes he appears in broad daylight, as is the case in the recurring dream, which feels lucid, almost like a memory.

WTF? Can anybody help me figure it out? Has anybody seen a similar figure before? Is there a rational explanation?


He's stalking you.
Nice drawing.


That's…pretty interesting, OP. Almost sounds like the beginning of a dream-invaders short story. You can't lock the door to your dreams, after all.

The only thing I can think of - and it's a stretch - is that someone in a raincoat, or maybe a raincoat itself, scared the shit out of you at some point, the memory was either actively suppressed, or it happened before your memories are really formed (like when you're a toddler) and your mind, for some reason, just wants to keep preparing you for another encounter with it. The fact that you are younger in your dreams is a clue - and 8 or 10 is probably around the age we start to pay attention to physical appearance - before then we're all filthy toddlers or something, right?

I duno, I'm trying to sound like I know what I 'm talking about, I guess, but it's an interesting dream character.

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i've had a lot of trauma in my life, bodily, emotionally, and the two at the same time. most of it is body trauma that of course has emotional trauma directly related to it. i've had 11 surgeries before, and each one is exponentially harder on my mind than the last.

the first eight were on my eyes for acute strabismus, and on the eighth (age 15) i ended up not being completely unconscious for the first twenty minutes. that's more common than people think with surgeries on children, since too much anesthetic can kill a child very easily. it's better to do too little than be sued for malpractice.

my ninth surgery was at age 16, to remove a ruptured testicle from a violent encounter with a group of people who didn't like me. later that year i had my ninth and final eye surgery. it was relatively uneventful.

the last two were separate surgeries to remove shrapnel from a single welding accident.

i'm 21 now, and as i go through EMDR therapy for PTSD, everything is coming back very vividly and painfully. it's 3 am right now, and i'm awake because i have come to dread sleep. every dream is a mundane, hazy vision of being in a hospital bed. the room is well lit, as hospitals are, there are no windows, and always one or two people semi-visible in my peripheral vision. i can move, but not with any meaningful control over myself, and never enough to get up or get the attention of the passing figures.

it's been four weeks, and every night it's the same dream. does anyone here have any advice to give me? i can't stop the therapy but i really can't continue dreaming like this. it's never restful and i just want everything to stop.
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How are things, Anon? Have you forgotten about this place?


I have not. I made a visit to her home city, quite a ways from my state. I met her parents! I've seen her for the first time, made love for the first time in my life, and even almost four months later, this love has not only persisted, but grown. She's visiting around Christmas to meet my parents, and our love has only grown since then!

My dreams are better. They're the same as they were, but I had the best reasons to discard their memory and enjoy my waking life. Sleep is now only a tool; a painful injection of the necessary rest for my mind.

Sometimes I dream of her. I've been realizing that she isn't the dream, only my further torture and mutilation is. These things can happen again, and it'll all be ok because she's here with me.


I had a combo dream that consisted of my teeth falling out and being on a baseball team and playing very badly. The coach and other teammates were very mean to me.


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OP here. I tapered off of all of my medication several months ago, and my dreams improved, though my depression and anxiety got much, much worse. I've taken time off from work to focus on therapy, proper medication and such. I found an antidepressant that's been working very well, as well as something for anxiety that doesn't make my dreams so horrifying. My girlfriend is visiting again in a week, and we've grown a lot together. She's had similar problems, and we've helped each other quite a bit… It's so, so nice to feel loved. I want to spend the rest of my life with her.

I think about this place surprisingly often. Posting my dreams here has been incredibly cathartic. I posted one of my more recent dreams a while ago, if any of you are interested >>550


I'm very happy to hear that you're feeling better, anon. After all, recovering from trauma is a very hard and time consuming process, but you'll get through it eventually. Never forget that. It's also great that you have a person you share mutual love with. It truly does feel nice. I hope you'll have a great time with her and that you'll be able to spend your life with her, just like you want. <3

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do you guys get those falling dreams often?
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I always get those infinite void falling dreams. Almost all I ever dream now.


A few years ago I dreamt I was falling from the sky and when I finally hit the ground I woke up with the air knocked out of me and soaked in my own sweat. My wife said I also let out this curdled death scream that scared her shitless.




I don't think I've ever had a dream where I've fallen. At least not that I can remember.


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I've had a falling dream where I was a girl, and I was kissing another girl, all while we were both falling. It was strange, but I kind of enjoyed it. The environment was really pretty too! Lots of nature and mountains, we never landed on anything but I got to see the beautiful environment my dream created.

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