Dream #6: Dreams of Being Other People

10 Jul

Untitled Art by Ben | Copyright 2010 | Dreaming Life

Untitled Art by Ben | Copyright 2010 | Dreaming Life

Having a dream where you are simultaneous you but also someone else is such a strange yet common occurrence.

Here is a short dream I had where I was someone else not just once but twice, in the same dream. The first person I barely knew, he was  someone who helped spearhead some events I was a part of and the second one is a person nearly everyone on the planet knows – Homer Simpson. What a strange thing to merge the two.

Dream Journal: 7:32 PM 10/11/99

I’m R, the PFT organizer. I’ve cut myself in a horrible accident and am bleeding all the way from my hands to my shoulder on my right arm. I’m trying to hold down the skin broken around my elbow yet it’s just bulging with overflowing blood. I’m taken to a doctor and now I’m in The Simpsons. Every one is trying to convince Marge that she didn’t not to sew up my cut. I think I’m Homer.

This ability to be someone else in a dream is, frankly, entirely weird.

Whatever concept or dream logic that allows for this feat seems to be the same principle at work when you dream of going to your friends house, except it’s not your friends house but it is, or you dream of your coworker at work, but it’s actually your best friend, but its still your coworker. And so on, all the way on down to your own identify in the dream as being someone else, all the while this being just the way it is and nothing you or anyone gives any notice to as being odd.

I am fascinated by what mechanism is at work that allows for this to occur commonly in dreams.

I would love to hear your thoughts on what you think is happening or why this is such a common experience in dreams. Furthermore, if this is discussed in any scientific theories on dreaming you’re aware of, please share!

6 Responses to “Dream #6: Dreams of Being Other People”

  1. KMG July 11, 2010 at 4:30 am #

    That’s hilarious! I have never dreamed about being a cartoon figure, though I think Lisa Simpson showed up in my dream once. For me, dreaming about being someone else means that I am really dreaming about myself, but that for whatever reason my brain doesn’t want to think about myself in that situation, so it uses a stand-in.

  2. Ben July 14, 2010 at 1:17 am #

    Maybe I watch too many Simpsons episodes? 😉

  3. jonah July 30, 2010 at 8:02 pm #

    I’ve had some of these experiences of being someone else in my dream. Perhaps our consciousness can tap into other peoples’ dreams. One of the things I do somewhat frequently when I become lucid is look for a mirror. Often I recognize the image of my waking self when I look in the reflective surface, but every now and then I’m someone completely different. An overweight asian boy, a tall african man, a woman, a cheetah. Pretty crazy stuff.

    The next thing i like to do after looking in the mirror, is swirl my hands in it and make a wormhole… then jump in. Give it a try… its rediculous fun!

  4. Natalia August 22, 2010 at 3:37 pm #

    I have these dreams a lot ,but not with cartoon characters. Like last night I had a dream That I was a Punker Guy running through a store with another guy chasing me. I don’t watch Punk movies or listen to punk music. I don’t know how to explain these dreams. D:

  5. Joshua L August 24, 2010 at 2:53 pm #

    Looking at my dream journal, about 5% of my dreams involving me becoming someone else. Some of the situations have been quite strange. Once I was a black man being chased by white supremacists. I find this odd, because people sometimes tell me that I look like a white supremacist (very fair skin, shaved head).

    I was also once a small boy and his grandfather simultaneously. Hard to explain.

  6. Cobana October 11, 2010 at 5:00 pm #

    Hello… I know this feeling pretty well… and it is really hard to explain… I once had a dream where I had the feeling of being a girl, her boyfrien and at the same time the observer of the scene.

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