posted on Aug, 16 2013 @ 01:40 PM
Interesting thread op.
Personally I believe that the majority of these cases are either dreams reacting to real world events (leg cramp while sleeping, getting
scratched/bitten by a bug, etc) I'm not going to claim we know enough about this stuff to say it's impossible for a dream to effect reality in that
way, but I just have yet to be convinced.
Although I find the idea of mental damage more interesting, couldn't traumatic dreams negatively effect your mind? People get PTSD after going
through extreme situations, is there any mechanism at play that stops your mind from reacting to things in dreams in the way it reacts to real world
I've had dreams that have effected me for days. I've had dreams effect my opinion of people Not that I was judging them for what "they" did in a
dream, but it was impossible to not feel put off by this persona after the dream.
Can dreams cause PTSD? A mental breakdown? Can you brain basically self destruct, and manifest something in your dreams so terrible you are forever
damaged? It may sound crazy, but when you think that things that happen in real life are capable of inciting mental breakdowns in people, and your
brain isn't limited by the "real world" when dreaming, meaning your own mind could come up with situations or things far worse than would be
possible in the real world.
Then also think that sometimes people who have traumatic experiences will block knowledge of this experience. Combined with our tendency to forget
dreams, how scary would it be that every time you fall asleep you risk driving yourself insane from the terrifying thoughts in your own mind?
I find this a bit more scary than scratches and rashes. To think that our minds are subjected to experiences and stimulus that can negatively effect
our lives, and that we may have no memory or knowledge of.these once we wake up.
Basically every time we sleep, we open ourselves to horrible abuse, brought on by our own mind.
I'm probably rambling now, but I just found the whole concept pretty freaky.