Creative minds dreaming… #writingwends

All my life I’ve had vivid movie type dreams. A lot I have used for story ideas. Usually I’m never in them the stars are people I’ve never met. But I wake up after one and think that would make a great story idea! So here is a little info I found on research done on creative brains and dreaming.

Creative people place their dreams in unusual, varied settings (compared to the more frequent home dreams of less creative people); dream of creative pursuits; have dreams of loss, children and trying to overcome obstacles in nature. The frequency of their sexual dreams varies depending on whether or not they are actually doing something creative in their waking lives.

Intuitive people (who tend to be creative) remember more “big” numinous, archetypal dreams than do people who prefer to take in information through their five senses.

Introverts (people who focus on the inner world of ideas and feelings) recall more “little” everyday dreams than do extroverts. However, extroverts and introverts tend to recall archetypal dreams just as often.

Thinking types, who make decisions based on logical analysis, tend to have more emotional dreams/tend to experience more emotions in their dreams than do feeling types, who make decisions based on principles and values.

According to David Watson, a professor of psychology in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences,  “There is a fundamental continuity between how people experience the world during the day and at night,” he said. “People who are prone to daydreaming and fantasy have less of a barrier between states of sleep and wakefulness and seem to more easily pass between them.” In other words, creative people tend to have vivid dreams.

Jayne Gackenbach, at Grant McEwan University has been doing research into dreams and gamers. She found that lucid dreamers and gamers tended to have better spacial skills. Both groups had a high level of concentration.  According to a 2006 study, people who frequently played video games were more likely to have lucid dreams and to be aware that they were dreaming.

“A second study tried to narrow down the uncertainties by examining dreams that participants experienced from the night before, and focused more on gamers. It found that lucid dreams were common, but that the gamers never had dream control over anything beyond their dream selves.

The gamers also frequently flipped between a first person view from within the body and a third person view of themselves from outside, except never with the calm detachment of a distant witness.”

Do you have crazy dreams?

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