Nightmares/Scary Dreams, What's Yours?

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Heh...I used to have nightmares before I turned 15.

But after they stopped, and were no longer original, they were no longer scary. Rather, I find them quite..."fascinating"; my dreams usually involve exploring some landscape or achieving some goal. They are not necessarily frightful or pleasing....just, interesting from an (not-entirely-empirical) analytical perspective.

As I mentioned, I don't dream anything original now, in the sense that "I have never seen this 'dreamscape' before! This was not even a part of previous 'dreams' ." Nothing like that. Everything I seem to dream now is just derived from past dreams (dreams before I turned 15 y.o...or around that time). It may be an original combination of parts I haven't experienced before...but nowadays even these combinations aren't quite suprising to me anymore.

In addition, dreams for me are also...quite "nostalgic", in the sense that I "know" the time I first dreamt that dream...my age, my environment, what caused the dream. The particular experiences of what age...would I interpret the dream with...etc.

*Generally, I have a comprehensive "mental" map of my dreams. Ordered chronologically, or by similar features, by similar ambience/mood, etc...(heh...just a normal mental process for me)
*Now when I wake up, I might reminisce about the time I first dreamt that dream (or experienced that particular mood). What experiences brought about that dream...how it was back then...etc.

(I'm only 17 y.o right now; I do not imply "back then" as an old person remembering "young times"! hehe...)
 
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Recently I was flipping through the channels late at night and came across The Wall (movie adaptation of the Pink Floyd album). It was at the part in which a mass of people fall in to some kind of fascist frenzy, and their faces become disfigured mask-like ugly things with rudimentary and odd demarcations for the eyes and mouth (something like http://www.propstore.com/images/products/706/pinkflyod-maskdisplay3.jpg [Broken]). I always found that kind of image somewhat disturbing-- also occurs in The Matrix when Neo's mouth congeals into a solid mass of smooth flesh and in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind during a couple of dream sequences. Anyway, sure enough, the next night I had a dream where I found myself looking into a mirror and it happened to me-- no facial features at all, just a smooth surface of flesh, like a skin-colored egg with hair on it. (Don't ask how I saw myself in the mirror without eyes.) It was disturbing enough that I looked away and looked back at the mirror to find that my face was back to normal.

Also, though this is not a negative kind of dream, lately I have been experiencing an awful lot of NREM dreams (dreams that do not occur during REM sleep and are typically more abstract/thoughtlike and less perceptual than REM dreams). I usually have these shortly before waking up. They typically involve me trying to solve some kind of problem using algorithmic steps, and there's a lot of repetition (I'll go back and do the same steps over and over). The problems themselves and the solutions I instantiate never seem to make much logical sense upon waking, though I only have a very vague memory of what they were in the first place. The features of the dream that stand out are just the general features of having some kind of problem or goal and using repetitive steps of abstract thought to solve it.
 
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hypnagogue said:
NREM dreams...They typically involve me trying to solve some kind of problem using algorithmic steps, and there's a lot of repetition
That's bizarre, I had a nap earlier today, had such a dream for the first time (as long as I can remember), and remember thinking that it was kind of strange.
 
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Me too. I didn't get much sleep last night (I was writing some English essay), so I took an two-hour nap at about 5:00 pm (Thursday, April 6th). I had such a dream too.

In my case, I was trying to meet some recurring deadline (in my dreams), to win some competition. Except I tried once, twice, etc..etc. Each additional attempt became more and bothersome...

(The dream was rather annoying and repetitive. Over and over again...tirelessly & repetitively, there was some goal I had to achieve in that dream)
 
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I believe that all women who have nightmares are simply expressing their need to sleep with me.

-Dan

(OINK!)
 
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I remember the last two weeks of last semester.... Every single day when my alarm clock woke me up, I was horribly stressed out and worrying about this and this deadline. Then about twenty minutes later when I got up and went to take a shower, I realized that everything I thought was completely false.... So everyday I worried like hell for nothing :/
 
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I had this 1 dream not to long ago where there was this mental disturbed girl and she was in my class, so I would notice her in the halls all alone. Then all of a sudden my life fastforwards to when I'm 35 years old and a detective that was investigating a case where that girl was still the same age but her mom had died so I went to question her and asked her what had happened and she said that a burgaler had came into her house and stabed her but the report had said that she was strangled so I confronted her and then she replied well than i don't know. So I rewind to when I'm in school again and this popular girl was making fun of her. Then the bell rang and I ended up on the top of a buiding and the girl and the bully were both there so the popular girl again starts to laugh at her.So the girl grabs the popular girl and flips her over the building then the SWAT team pops from behind me like they had been there the whole time and took a machine gun and shot the girl like 60 times.So I run of to her and she's breathing deeply and bleeding profusly ( I'm 35 at this time) Im on my knees and holding her in my arms and she said "no one cared for me anyway" and then I said "I care about you" then she looked up at me. And when she did I almost cried.And she died, I woke up.

But the thing was that I never really saw the girl, and I don't remember what she looks like. And also I don't even know this girl so I don't understand how I cared about her.

And in the dream how I switched differant ages but the dream was still about her??
I just don't understand
 
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I used to have nightmares quite frequently about being at the beach as a huge tsunami approaches. I would always try to run away from it, but inevitably would be caught by it and drown (at which point I would wake up). Finally, I was able to provide a bit of lucid dreaming and willed myself to run toward the wave. Turned out the wave became nothing and merely got my feet a little wet. I haven't had that nightmare since.
 
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When I was about 7-8 y.o., I had a vivid recurring nightmare. I would see a thin horizontal black line on a white background. As I looked more closely, I saw that it was not a continuous line, but a row of tiny black dots marching from right to left. Then the dots became "aware" that I was watching and stopped suddenly, then the line of dots rushed in my direction and I became horrified as I realized that the dot directly in front of me was going to engulf me, and I woke up screaming. I had that exact same nightmare periodically for probably 2-3 years. I have no idea where that one came from, nor any idea why I was so convinced that I would be obliterated by the black dot. I would always wake up screaming as the dot got so close (big) that it filled my field of vision with blackness.
 
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My worst dream lately was that I dreamt I was in the world of Elder scrolls:Morrowind and I found this book I had to give to some mage and so proceeded to do so(I was all excited in the dream)I woke up and for some reason this trivial fact resided with me so I thought: well I haven't played it in a while, perhaps it's about time I gave that book to the mage because I'm sure I found it elsewhere...

Sure enough there it was, but when I met the guy who wanted it and talked to him about it he just told me where to find it over and over again, so in frustration at the obvious game bug, I dropped the Chronicles of Nehluft(a book that cost me 200gp I might add) purposefully and then because my fingers rolled over the wrong keys I cast lightning at it, unfortunately lighting rebounds off concrete, and I hit both the head of The Mages Guild and the book worm, who then killed me for my accidental fit of pique.

The dual morals of this story are a) I should get out more and b) never listen to your dreams as some sort of prophecy, they could turn your life into a nightmare for real!!! :eek::wink::smile:
 
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i have two recurring nightmares, that i'm crashing a car and that i'm still waiting tables
 
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In my dream, this kid I'd never seen runs up to me and starts stabbing me in the chest with a large knife. I must have had the same dream 4 times in one night.

The next morning, it had rained. I was holding my books in front of me and walked looking down to try to avoid stepping in large puddles, when suddenly, I walked straight into a guy. I looked up into his eyes and we both let out a startled gasp and turned and ran. He was the guy that had tried to stab me in my dreams all night, he apparently was just as afraid of me. I will never forget looking straight into the face of my murderer, although it was a dream murderer. I have no explanation for what happened.
I realize this post is over a year old, but I have a rational explanation for why the guy was afraid of you. Facial expressions of fear and anger/aggression are not that far apart, and this poor guy probably laid eyes on you for the first time to see a look on your face that startled the hell out of him.
 
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You guys are wimps. lol I live for scary dreams!
 

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