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What do dreams and deja vu mean to you?

Why do you think we experience deja vu/dreams. Not speaking scientifically. Do you think they mean more than what's on the surface?

 


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dab
posted 11-Apr-2012 10:20am  
Nothing. Dreams are just your brain sorting things out while you're unconscious. And deja vu, well, I don't really know what that is. Something with different portions of your brain getting out of sync. It's a cool feeling and one I can't recall having in many decades.
Galomorro
posted 11-Apr-2012 10:34am  
I like to think they could be memories of past lives. As for myself, I love deja vu experiences and most of my dreams. Wish I could remember 'em more than I do though.
Enheduanna Survey Central Subscriber
posted 11-Apr-2012 11:48am  
No. I think they are just examples of how our brains work--how memory pathways are triggered and what connections result.
LJD
posted 11-Apr-2012 12:01pm  
I don't dream now. Years ago, when I did dream...it was stress.
cerealkiller Survey Qualifier
posted 11-Apr-2012 3:02pm  
I'm sure there is a scientific reason we dream. I'm not going to look it up. Deja vu has nothing to do with dreams, unless one dreams something then it becomes reality. Have never experienced that. Sometimes dreams are ways of processing what is or has happened in your life. But for the most part I think either means nothing.
Icarus
posted 11-Apr-2012 5:59pm  
They don't mean anything. They are the mind playing games.
bill Survey Central Gold Subscriber Bronze Star Survey Creator
posted 11-Apr-2012 8:27pm  
No, not really. But, I still enjoy thinking about them and musing on their meaning. I don't believe life in general has meaning, but I enjoy it too.
Biggles Survey Qualifier
posted 11-Apr-2012 9:10pm  
I don't think there's anything supernatural about them, if that is what you are asking. I think that people look for meaning in them and that in itself means something, but... *shrugs*

My dreams take me to some strange places. I'm sometimes surprised by the things my mind throws out. I seem more prone to primitive emotion in my dreams. I'm more likely to react with terror or anger or violence in my dreams than in real life (where I am usually the person standing back, quietly assessing the situation before I make my move - I'm never going to be the person who pushes someone out of the way of a speeding car!) Some people might claim that's evidence of my true self, but if my dreams were the truest reflection of who I really am, I would be really very messed up. And kind of evil...
FordGuy Survey Qualifier
posted 12-Apr-2012 7:43am  
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Biggles Survey Qualifier
posted 12-Apr-2012 5:32pm  
I was reminded today that deja vu can be part of a seizure. Yay revision.
verouge
posted 13-Apr-2012 8:09am  
Sometimes I consider it messages from God, sometimes a chance to fix something in my life, sometimes I consider it bullcraps!
Zang
posted 13-Apr-2012 10:03am  
Two completely different things. When I was in my early twenties, I used to keep a dream journal and I found that I remembered my dreams pretty consistently. These days, I very rarely remember them.

I've had deja vu before. Not recently.
LindaH
(reply to Biggles) posted 13-Apr-2012 10:43pm  
Do you know anything about why most people have more deja vu in childhood and then it tapers off to never or nearly never as they get older?
Liss
posted 14-Apr-2012 2:00pm  
I don't really care. I don't mean that in a harsh way. But they have the same passing transience for me as a funny picture on Tumblr or something.
Biggles Survey Qualifier
(reply to LindaH) posted 14-Apr-2012 5:32pm  
I don't, but it does seem to be related to the temporal lobe. The temporal lobe is very involved in learning and the laying down of memories which are things that we do much more intensively as children than at any other point in our lives. Maybe it's just more active then? It's pretty interesting. I might try and have a peek at the literature on it once my exams are out of the way smile
Nitroeddy
posted 15-Apr-2012 7:51am  
I doubt it...
pcasper59
posted 15-Apr-2012 8:45am  
Not sure ..but there must be something in our subconscience that cames out at times telling us something.
JessicaWoman99 Bronze Star Survey Creator
posted 18-Apr-2012 1:23pm  
Dreams I do experience and have them all the time I do believe they have meaning
Kristal_Rose
posted 21-Apr-2012 5:49am  
I frequently find them precognitive, however it's rare that I realize at the time that what what I am seeing is in fact precognitive, and very often it's procognition regarding something entirely trivial like content of a movie I'll see later.

Thus my conclusion is that precognitive experiences generally serve no other purpose than to remind us that there is something much deeper to creation than meets the eye.
Snoopyfan
posted 21-Apr-2012 9:06am  
those which, reoccur. Maybe more than once. Certainly more than twice. Also, I think dreams have a meaning. (They did in the Bible. That is the Old Testament). However, interpreting these seems to be problematic for me.
Kristal_Rose
(reply to Snoopyfan) posted 21-Apr-2012 12:07pm  
One theory on dreams is that they serve the purpose of categorizing information with lateral associations. You might be able to discern the lagtime between exposure to content, and the time it surfaces in your dreams. Dreams may be an outlet for weighing alternatives, for getting in touch with an understanding of matters, or simply content to keep your mind growing in the absence of real life stimulus.

Easier than making any sense of any objective content, is making sense of the subjective qualities of a dream. If you are about to get crushed in a submarine, it's about life crushing you, not about submarines.
Iseult
posted 1-May-2012 1:51pm  
I think dreams are your subconsciousness telling you something. Dreams are personal and can only be interpreted by you, however, I don't really see a strong reason why one should seek meaning to their dreams (unless they're nightmares or there's a repeating motive).

Often, I have vivid dreams that seem to go on for hours. Sometimes they're just like movies.
cloudhugger
posted 9-May-2012 11:30pm  
They may or may not be a tool to use to assist my mind in making the next move I would benefit the most.
Chuy
posted 7-Oct-2012 5:26pm  
it seems more like a coincidence but then again the mind is an amazing thing who knows we all may be psychic and not even know how to use the power yet
brentfactter
posted 15-Dec-2012 9:22pm  
well dreams are like visions of the future to me and i only had deja vu only one time and that was a weired experieance to me.
brentfactter
(reply to LJD) posted 15-Dec-2012 9:24pm  
that's bs cause everyone dreams but you probally did dream but does not remember you dream.smile
LJD
(reply to brentfactter) posted 16-Dec-2012 10:38pm  
Of late, I do not remember dreaming.
Dino
posted 30-Jan-2013 8:50am  
Its an ongoing communication between the subconcious mind and the conscious.
walterwl8
posted 28-Nov-2015 6:44pm  
deja vu is the felling you done some thing before
autumnlight
posted 13-Dec-2015 7:44pm  
I believe dreams are a visual representation of what thoughts our brains are processing at the time. I don't believe that they have any more meaning than that. I can't explain deja vu. I imagine it's some sort of brain reaction that can be completely explained with science.
Cerberus
posted 31-Dec-2015 12:46am  
That life is a very strange and mysterious experience and I will probably never have the answers
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