29 July, 2011
The Answer To Sexier, More Colourful Dreams
There was some research published last week which came to the conclusion that older people (they classed this as being 60+) dream in black and white. According to their probing just one older person in five has bright, colourful dreams.
The American Psychological Association came up with an answer: it's all because these seniors grew up in the era of black and white television. My immediate thought was that this was a load of codswallop.
As I see it dreams come about for various reasons, but many are simply from the unconscious mind and relate to things that have happened in our lives. I think this is why many older people perhaps dream in black and white - their lives have become too routine, and therefore less stimulating.
Okay, that's a bit of a generalisation, and there are lots of exceptions, but older lives, in many cases, have settled days.
If we think of younger people they are still on a voyage of discovery and life is colourful, an adventure. They have so much to do and new experiences to enjoy. So likewise their dreams will be full of colour and symbolism.
But, going to extremes, if the highlight of the day happens to be a bit of television, a cup of tea and a snooze then dreams may well be drab and, well, greyish.
Ian Wallace, author of Top 100 Dreams, offers this advise to seniors:
"If you feel your dreams are getting dull or drab, you could do worse than follow the advice I offer to many of my clients: go out and inject a bit of action and creativity into their lives. It'll do great things for your waking life and for your dreams, too."
And, er, as for sexy dreams Ian says, "Sex dreams are not idle fantasies, but seem to coincide with periods of great creativity. The more we conceive ideas in waking life that really get our creative juices flowing, the more dreams of an intimate nature we will have."
Okay, moving on rapidly. It does appear that our daily lifestyle and experiences run hand in hand with some types of dreams we have.
Colourful, creative lives = colourful dreams. Perhaps.
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