lizjonesbooks (lizjonesbooks) wrote in dreamtaxonomy,

Here's an early list of dreams

I'm going to try to divide these up by category, under the assumption that the categories will change as new data arrives. I started with source material from crowleycrow and jackfirecat.

Great input, everyone! I'm adding them as I have a minute.

Does anyone have any thoughts about how we define nightmares? There are many here that I might define as nightmares, but you might just define as dreams, or vice versa. Just curious as to people's thoughts on that.

Also libation provided a link to a treasure trove of personal dream descriptions, tagged by significant elements, here: . Click on over and check them out-- fun stuff.

Dream houses:

--one's own house, but with hidden/unknown passages
--one's own house, but under construction (improving)
--one's own house, but under construction (falling apart/things chewing at the foundations)
--one's own house, with unusual/new objects or people in it
--one's childhood home or past residence, but with different occupants, new/unknown passages
--visiting houses/neighborhoods familiar from childhood, even if not one's own
--Visiting combinations of familiar houses

--the ideal apartment/house seen as a refuge of some kind
--the terrifying house/apartment/building
--the terrifying house/apartment/building where you can't turn on the lights/lock/unlock the doors, etc

-- spending time on out of control elevators in a house/building
-- spending time searching for a bathroom in a house or building
-- hiding from terrifying people or creatures in a house/building
-- feeling increasingly trapped in a smaller and smaller house or building
-- house within a house-- like a dollhouse that you shrink down and explore

Dream cities/community issues:

-- elaborately produced big budget city
-- with special attention to specific kinds of architecture
--familiar city, but reorganized in a way that it isn't in reality
-- all the buildings connected by tunnels underground
-- the underground/or space city
-- holy places
-- combined with unholy/commercial places and activities
-- the astral dorm (you really just need to read this one. I think it deserves its own category)
-- malls
-- aquariums
-- amusement parks
-- poverty/wealth in dream communities
--finding treasure
--finding nasty surprises in unexpected places
--oppressive society issues (Jew in Nazi Germany, and similar)

Work environments
--the dream job with no downsides, but also no pay
--the bad job I used to have and thought I was done with
--it's the first day, and you're late(also under school)
--surprise! You're drafted.
--being asked to do a job of which you know nothing, because they need your help(crosses with famous people dreams)
--finding oneself ill prepared for work (no hammer holster, incomprehensible engine, piles of paperwork, poorly executed operation, unprepared to teach a class)
--dreams of completing tasks from your real job/life
--the forgotten errand
--perusing imaginary bookstores for spiritual advice
--pressure to complete a task with insufficient time/ materials

School environments
--back in school again even though you've been out for many years
--back in school even though you're married with children and aware of that/bring them with you
--the forgotten class
--the forgotten assignment
--lost in the school/lost schedule
--missing the bus


--taking a journey
--the frustrated journey(noted by joculum)
--lost in the parking garage
--the car has no brakes
--being forced to drive when you can't/don't have a license/don't have glasses, etc
--any of the above resulting in damage/injury to passers-by, etc.
--being driven somewhere you don't want to go, unable to escape
--car chases(as below)
--plane/train crashes with or without fatalities
--subways(or other) turning into rollercoaster rides
--lost baggage

Chase/stalking dreams
-- with or without the sense that you are participating in a movie
-- delight of chase/escape
-- terror of being chased/hunted by a predator
-- sense of being stalked by something unseen
--(crossed with house dreams) something stalking you in your house, light switches don't work, being chased into smaller and smaller places in a house

-- speeding up,
-- slowing down
--"running through molasses" (slow for me but everything around me at normal pace) or vice versa.

Dream transitions
--forced by dreamer
--using doors
--initiated by loved ones/famous people
--initiated by flying/changing mode of transportation

Flying dreams
--which start as falling and turninto a cosmic slide
--which start as a chase
--in which you explore and you have no physical bounds
--in which you explore and find your world limited even though you can fly

--being killed
-- seeing someone you know is dead, but they don't know
--conversing with the dead
--raising the dead
--knowing you're dead, but walking around anyhow
--meeting famous dead people
--End of the world and it's All My Fault
--End of the world, and it has nothing to do with my actions
--Massive weather events(tornado/hurricaine/earthquake) but no negative consequences
--Massive weather events and expected consequences

Physical identity issues
-- seeing onself in a mirror and seeing a different person
-- sleep paralysis/hypnagogic/hypnopompic hallucinations
-- inability to act as one wants in a dream crowleyclow posits that this might be evidence of slipping between sleep stages, if I've understood him correctly.
--Being your usual self in a dream, but other people treating you as an entirely different person.
--Being yourself, but with some exception: different age from your current one, different race, different gender, different species.
--Being a different person in your dream, but remembering the person you are in the waking world.
--Being a different person in your dream, with absolutely no relationship to who you are in the waking world.
--Being several different people in the same dream.

Physical/Body issues
-- lost or detachable body parts
-- dreams of health(when not healthy) or illness(when not ill)
--nakedness and exposure to others(with awareness and shame)
--nakedness with or without exposure to others, and no shame
--erotic dreams with or without sexual contact
--sexual contact with or without erotic content
--erotic/sexual dreams with content that you would find appealing in real life
--erotic/ sexual dreams with content at odds with your usual preferences/experiences
-- needing a bathroom, and not finding one
-- needing a bathroom, but facilities are filty
-- needing a bathroom, but there are people milling around, doors to stalls are broken, etc.
-- thirst/satisfied
-- thirst/frustrated(think Alice in the tea party)
-- hunger-- eating treats
-- hunger-- eating repulsive food
-- hunger-- unsatisfied
-- vomiting (the ordinary kind)
-- vomiting (surprising substances/objects) see for example the Dark Queen in Mirrormask.

Addiction/behavior issues:
dreaming about drinking/drugging(if you're on the wagon), or eating if you're watching your diet, etc.

Pregnancy/childbirth dreams
-- who's on board?(When I was pregnant with oldest, I dreamed I had a Magic 8 ball window on my belly, so I could see the kid before he was born. In my dream he was about 3 and had bright red hair.)
--virgin births
--being pregnant when you're not
--having children with people you would never have intimate contact with
--Suddenly becoming a parent or guardian of children/other people/creatures
--having far more children/people/creatures to care for than you actully do

definition of life/personhood issues
--Inanimate objects come to life
--People becoming inanimate
--animals acting like people

Brushes with fame/power issues
--meeting a famous person who needs your help(the rock band that desperately needs my help,stand in drumming for the shaman)
-- relationship with famous person
-- the big man who makes me feel guilty/nervous/anxious (crosses with work dreams)
-- shop talk with the famous
--conversations with deities
--meeting a guru/teacher/holy person who gives you advice
--meeting a guru/teacher/holy person who gives you lousy advice or tells you to go away
--meeting a guru/teacher/holy person who looks at you in confusion, like, hey, wrong department, what are you here for?
-- non-famous but omnipresent charcters-- to quote John Crowley-- "Fifth Business"(from Robertson Davies)-- a person who plays "all the parts that moved the play along but weren't central to the drama" .
--combination people--peregrin8 calls them Portmanteau people--"After Lewis Carroll's "portmanteau words" -- as when he would fold "snort" and "chuckle" together to make "chortle.". People who (simultaneously or alternately)represent a number of real individuals in your life, all pasted together.

Story dreams
-- acting out a story familiar to you
-- ability to direct the actions of others in a dream/switch heads
-- having the sense that you're in a movie or on a holodeck or similar
-- redreaming the plot of an existing move/story (for instance,bondgwendabond describes dreaming new Buffy episodes).
-- dreaming about dreaming

Relationship issues

--committing violent/Freudian acts one would never do in real life
--conversations with people one would never have in real life
--meeting the ideal Other
--meeting an old crush/ideal other and having non-ideal, ordinary conversation
--meeting an old crush and having a romantic encounter
--meeting an old crush and having a negative encounter
--meeting oneself
--telepathic communication
--searching for a lost loved one/pet
--marrying a stranger/monster/friend you'd never marry in real life
--finding yourself on the point of marrying one of the above and realizing-- Wait! I'm already married, and I like my real spouse better! And having to solve the ensuing social upheaval.

Dream creations

--the story/painting/movie/piece of music that we develop in our sleep
-- and can't remember on wakening
-- and remember, but find lacking on waking
-- and remember, and execute in real life(if you've done this, please share the story!)
--Dream creations we execute: Real details though not whole stories

Anyone have additions here? I know this isn't even close to all of them...
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