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Nocturnal Emotional Processing

Posted on 2012.02.04 at 11:05
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Dreamed I was back in uniform. Again. We lived in Texas and I was heading to Goodfellow Air Force Base. Again. My family and I lived in an architecturally impressive house. Like a 5000 sq/ft single-story ranch. Second dream in a row where I lived in a house like that. Contrasts greatly with the dream I had we were living in my great-grandfather's house again recently.

One thing I notice in these dreams is an inordinate amount of various emotions I seem to have. I "feel" a lot during these dreams, and they run the gamut. Emotions I may not consciously dwell upon during my waking hours. While my ability to process emotions outside externally facing behavior gives the appearance of an armored exoskeleton, it does not mean I do not feel, nor experience emotions. I wonder if these nocturnal indulgences are in fact some sort of pre- or post-processing allowing me to feel more fulfilled or more emotionally well-rounded.

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Michelle1963
michelle1963 at 2012-02-04 17:54 (UTC) (Link)
I have been amazed by the sheer number of vivid, memorable dreams you have, given that I may have one or two a month on average. Sleep is necessary for processing all kinds of information. People who are trying to learn new knowledge are better at remembering it if they sleep after studying. So it seems highly plausible that you are indeed processing emotions in dreamland.
ehowton
ehowton at 2012-02-05 02:34 (UTC) (Link)
I'm goddamned amazing!
pcofwildthings at 2012-02-05 01:49 (UTC) (Link)
Probably. And it's interesting that in your dream, you are providing yourself with the "space" in which to express them.

I've had two emotional dreams this past month. In one, I was so furious, I actually was pounding on the person who incited said fury, but my fists were landing in soft, slow motion without the desired effect. That was frustrating in itself. Second dream, I was crying. I don't remember the details or the reason. Woke up with a hell of an aching jaw, so I must have been clenching my teeth too.
ehowton
ehowton at 2012-02-05 02:40 (UTC) (Link)
Weird! But I love the idea behind you punching someone - even if the blows were ineffective. I never get to kick ass in my dreams, not all up close and personal like that anyway. I've sniped people from afar in missions to save my children. That was pretty cool.

My wife has recently started wearing a sports mouthguard to bed - for the same reason.

Jobu
jobu121 at 2012-02-07 20:53 (UTC) (Link)
It might be a good thing to "feel" in the dreams. Dreams can be powerful.
Hey at Goodfellow, if I recall, the big chow hall was magnificent. I felt as if I needed to leave a tip. LOL
ehowton
ehowton at 2012-02-15 06:42 (UTC) (Link)
Many a Marine before you has commented similarly.
ehowton
ehowton at 2012-03-10 02:40 (UTC) (Link)
So I talked to my dad and he said, "Dream are, in part, designed to help you experience things you wouldn't otherwise. I'm not surprised at all that you are having those types of dreams."
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