Do My Dreams Feel Like Yours?

Word of the Day for Friday, April 16, 2010

oneiric \oh-NY-rik\, adjective: Of, pertaining to, or suggestive of dreams; dreamy.

Oneiric comes from Greek oneiros, "dream."

A little more on dreams, as I was thinking about it and realized that when we talk about our dreams, we never really do them justice. One can describe a dream- the sounds, the visions- but one can hardly reproduce the experience in the mind of another. Is it as important to accurately convey a dream to another individual as it is to convey a waking event? Because a dream is an experience of the mind, but waking events are largely mental experiences as well.

So, what I'm wondering is: that feeling that we have while dreaming, the mood of a dream, so to speak- is it universal, or unique to each individual? It's kind of like that question of, "Does my green look like your green?" As far as I know, there's no way to measure this, maybe through some deep discussion, or some of those neuro-electrode-thingies. I don't know. But when we talk about our dreams, there always seems to be a missing element of the narrative; at least that's the case for me. Perhaps that something is a blanket of thought, composed of other mental activity occurring during the dream, creating a kind of dull atmosphere, a residue of unconscious energy. That blurry, other-worldly experience that we vaguely recall with varying frequency and precision, what is the root of that sensation? And why do some dreams feel more "real" than others? I may have to expand upon this at a later date. Please, feedack is welcome.


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