DREAM by Skinns

December 12, 2008

Occasionally, time passes by so quickly you think you’ve dreamt it. Kings of Leon at the 02 Arena was one such occasion. It was like a drunken stupor, you’re not quite sure if you’ve actually experienced it, although bruised limbs, a sore throat and clothes drenched with sweat tend to give reasonable evidence to suggest otherwise.

Dreams you have in your sleep are really very odd, how my mind conjures up such bizarre tales defies belief. But last night at the 02 was one such occasion where the venue, the band and everything seemed so unbelievably good that it seemed impossible that I wasn’t in a brilliant dream. There were times when I would look up and around, see the vast crowd, look back and see my favourite band of all time, see my flatmate smiling next to me, it was almost gig nirvana.

What rudely awoke me from this dream however was the realisation that my phone had fallen out my pocket and the chances are that it had been propelled along the floor at high speed and crushed. Happily though it took mere seconds for me to slip back into the dream and possibly one of the best nights of my life.

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DREAM by Sophie

December 12, 2008

I love that everyone resigns themself to spend hours in their imagination every night.

“The trick is to combine your waking rational abilities with the infinite possibilities of your dreams. Because, if you can do that, you can do anything.” Richard Linklater borazanian_4-8-08_1405tonedforweb borazanian_7-6-08_2627 borazanian_7-6-08_2628 borazanian_7-6-08_2649

DREAM by Lyall

December 12, 2008

Do daydreams count as real dreams? This is a matter of wide psyche-debate and some of my friends are convinced they do count as real dreams. One or more of them speak about daydreams as night dreams, confusing me no-end. I sit and listen to an elaborate dream thinking ‘how can an unconscious mind think of such an appropriate scenario for how he/ she’s feeling at this time?’. ‘Oh wait it’s because he/ she is actually awake and thinking it up!’.

On the Sleep.com forum, dream enthusiasts are arguing out of this world and one contributor dreamed up the perfect discussion for my blog post,

“Do daydreams count as dreams? What if you daydream most of your day? Well I do. I have this job at a family company and it gets busy then slow busy then slow and so on. So I spend alot of my time daydreaming. But daydreaming of a better life then here in Michigan. I have been with the same person for almost 9 years and have children but feel like things are just not working anymore. And my d.dreams are starting to be of me happy with someone else living in a completely different state. And I am starting to try less and less at this relationship because of it. It is like they are so real that at that moment i am happy. What do I do about this?”

It could be interpreted that this user is looking for the excuse that his daydreams are dreams, and out of his control, feeling guilty for wondering about his future in such a way. But the responses are endless…

There is an important difference between diurnal (day) and nocturnal (night) dreaming. Diurnal dreaming occurs when one is consciously awake while nocturnal dreaming occurs in sleep. Diurnal dreaming is wishful thinking which we all do and escapism is probably its main feature. Nocturnal dreaming arises from the subconscious and is normally beyond the control of one’s consciousness.

“Those persons who feel trapped in misery or who feel they have lost control over their lives find sanity and escapism in day dreaming. For most of us most of the the time our thoughts are either in the past or in the future but seldom, indeed, are we aware of the present; almost immediately we become aware of the present our consciousness drifts away from it.”

This is an interesting discussion and I throughly recommend checking it out and posting your opinion’s on comments below this post. The same discussion would be very Wandersee.

DREAM by Jade

December 12, 2008

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Do Dreams Really Solve Our Problems?

Do you ever remember your dreams? Do you believe they serve a purpose, or the contrary, that they are down to chance?

Many psychological schools have tried to tackle the fundamentals of these questions. I find the realm of these theories fascinating and believe that, as with everything in life, a balance between them is the answer.

The Psychodynamic School, the fundamental approach to psychology established by Sigmund Freud, suggests that different scenarios and images within dreams have specific meanings.

The Cognitive School, my particular favourite and the approach I will be discussing  in this blog, states that we solve intellectual problems through dreaming.

I find myself looking back to last year when I started work at The Westbury cocktail bar in Kilburn. Learning the combinations of copious cocktails seemed an almost impossible task. I then proceeded to dream of  making them every night.

Of course, back then, I thought this was a waste of dreaming time! But now, when reflecting, I just think of how helpful they were in aiding my mixology skills.

Let’s hope we can dream our way through all obstacles, however ironically, I think that wish will remain a dream.

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DREAM by Anika

December 12, 2008

The word “dream” has a positive connotation. The first thing that pops into people’s minds might be the dream of freedom, liberty, a family or just something that you are not – yet. However, I don’t think it is my place to talk about the wonderful sides of dreams, as there are much more positive thinking people out there. I am the big, grumpy pessimist so that is why the word “nightmare” lights up in big, red letters in my mind when I hear the word “dream”.

I have nightmares pretty much every night. Yes, you can actually get used to them. It is like taking medicine. It tastes horrible, but you know you have to take it in order to get better. I think it is the same with nightmares. They are not very pleasant, but my psyche needs to deal with my problems at some point. If I don’t deal with them consciously, my psyche will force me to. I guess that is some kind of medicine as well.

Only sometimes I am really scared of going to sleep. But the only scary thing is when nightmares come true.

I just came across a very touching poem by a 14-year-old, named Sylvia Hart. It deals with the unpleasant aspect of dreams and says exactly what I am thinking:

They say dreams never do come true..
But they are wrong, I say they do
I dream of violence, I dream of hurt
I dream of children, they live in dirt
I dream of you, I dream of me
I dream of how this was never meant to be
I dream of my feelings, I dream of my thoughts
I dream of these things, I dream of them lots
I dream of my loved ones, I dream of the dead
I dream of these thoughts, exploding my head
I dream of you yelling, I dream of you crying
I dream of you hiding, I dream of you lying
I dream of you hurting, I dream of you shutting me out of your life
I dream of the of the only one I can trust, I dream of my knife.
They say dreams never do come true,
But they are wrong, I say they do.

TWISTED by Sophie

December 11, 2008

The most crazed and out of sorts I have felt lately was when food poisoning struck this Sunday night. Oy.
I guess you could say I was inspired by my misery. Or wanted to keep a sense of humor.

My insides have been mashed, twisted and turned upside down
Now they lay inside me aching and thirsty
Tired
Heavy
Virus, when will you let me be?

TWISTED by Skinns

December 11, 2008

To avoid mental break down my advice would be to become a little bit twisted. All great artists, musicians and writers were or are twisted. Usually because of drugs or because they have grown up a little too isolated from the rest of the world…and have disfigurements…or twitches.

People are obsessed in the twisted. It is the stretching of the creative minds that results in people frowning and mouthing ‘what the f***?!’

Look at the film industry; horror films galore. What people forget when they watch these films is that someone will have written that script and you begin to understand the more twisted people are the more interested people in their work. Francis Bacon for instance, insanely warped, yet he is regarded as one of the greatest artists to have ever lived.

Of course there are levels of what is regarded part of a person’s creative personality, what makes them unique and what makes them mentally ill. For instance I’m not going to start saying “why so serious?” but I willingly drink Baileys. Not all the time of course, I’m not an old woman.

Personally if I’m called twisted it’s because I have been too blatant with a comment. It doesn’t mean I’m mentally deformed. Although I’m sure I have been accused of such a thing.

Everyone has a guilty pleasure which in some way makes them twisted but only in other people’s eyes. And anyway if people didn’t then we couldn’t mock each other. Some people like marmite, Turkish delight, Phil Collins….sick, twisted people.