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The Vorpal Tribble
2009-10-12, 10:54 PM
Was talking with some folks and it seems we all have a sort of 'dream personality' and was trying to gather together some categories.

Me, I'm the 'Night Warrior' type. I literally go through dreams like a rabid adventurer. Going into the darkest places destroying whatever attacks me, sometimes in ways that surprise me that even my subconscious could come up with. I've never run away from anything in my dreams, but I'm always, without fail attacked by something. That's where I get many of my homebrew monster ideas.

Friends and family also claim that I run into their dreams and kill whatever monster is chasing them.

Rettu Skcollob
2009-10-12, 10:58 PM
I have very few dreams (At least that I can remember) but a giant cluster of nightmares. Yeah, my subconscious is awesome. :smallannoyed:

golentan
2009-10-12, 11:03 PM
My dreams generally have me in a big watchful position. And I see all these things that I want to make happen or make not happen, but they're fixed and all I can do is postpone them. Usually it's me dying, or someone else dying or becoming lost. Sometimes it's galaxies swirling into nothingness and going dark. And I always see where I'll be standing at the pivotal moment, and how it will happen, but no matter how far or fast I run, no matter how I fight or struggle I always am wrenched into that position and wind up facing what I spent the dream trying to prevent.

If I see a guy is going to kill me at the beginning of the dream, for example, and I kill him first it was his twin I saw who comes after me in vengeance. But if I leave him alone he kills me.

Edit: So I guess I'm the Cassandra?

Trobby
2009-10-12, 11:03 PM
Dream personality? Well...in my dreams, when I can comprehend them, and if I'm actually a part of the dream (all my dreams seem to take place in third person), I'm usually the cautious explorer, often frightened by the strange environments around me *my dreams often lead me to places where I get lost and have to keep moving through strange places to find where I am*, while trying to make sure I never miss an important detail or make a mistake in dream logic (which I usually do, because my dream world is rarely predictable). Usually by the end of my dream, I'm still lost, but I've at least gotten to the next part of my dreamscape. Occasionally I wind up waking myself up to get out of the dream world, though usually I just fade out of dreaming. I wouldn't call them ngihtmares, because it's not all that terrifying, but it certainly isn't the traditional pink clouds dream.

SurlySeraph
2009-10-12, 11:11 PM
I don't dream very often. When I do, generally the dream is long and has a fairly complex plot. But what it really boils down to is: Exposition, talk with someone I care about, exposition/travel, I fight something and win, exposition/travel, I fight something and win, exposition/travel, I fight something and die. It doesn't always go exactly that way, but that's the general pattern. So I guess the warrior personality fits me.

SDF
2009-10-12, 11:18 PM
I tend to dream of concepts rather than events. Emotions, feelings, sounds, that kind of thing. There is no setting or action.

thubby
2009-10-12, 11:25 PM
when i actually have a coherent dream, I'm usually a roguish character. skulking about, having running fights with stuff that would destroy me in a fair one.
that is, when it's not rainbows and unicorns stuff, which is extremely rare.

Solaris
2009-10-12, 11:30 PM
The futile fighter, generally. In most every dream I can remember, I'm fighting something - zombies are a common feature, but so are insurgents, robots or civilians - and I'm either losing or out of ammo. The odd part is how detached everything is. No fear, no nothing. Like watching a movie.

Myshlaevsky
2009-10-12, 11:41 PM
Was talking with some folks and it seems we all have a sort of 'dream personality' and was trying to gather together some categories.

Me, I'm the 'Night Warrior' type. I literally go through dreams like a rabid adventurer. Going into the darkest places destroying whatever attacks me, sometimes in ways that surprise me that even my subconscious could come up with. I've never run away from anything in my dreams, but I'm always, without fail attacked by something. That's where I get many of my homebrew monster ideas.

Friends and family also claim that I run into their dreams and kill whatever monster is chasing them.

I hardly ever am affected by or initiate violence in my dreams, although I do occasionally see it. Sometimes I die or am killed but the violence is not usually prolonged.

In most of my dreams I am not 'myself' but a personality who is part of the story of the dreams.

My dreams are often nightmares, normally pervaded by a sense of wrongness about the environment or situation.

Trog
2009-10-13, 12:01 AM
I am usually a person lost confused and swept along by continually changing events and locations and objectives. Sometimes I am me and sometimes I am a third party observer.

Fostire
2009-10-13, 12:03 AM
I guess I would call it an explorer or adventurer, cause that's what many of my dreams consist of: exploring places with the occasional quest.

For example a recent dream was just me in a party that was taking place in a city i used to live in. The party was boring and I just waited for it to finish and for everyone to go to sleep so I could re visit the city i hadn't seen in so long. The whole party was fast forwarded to me going around the city, which was what the most of the dream consisted of.

Another recent one, I was exploring a university setting, a girl promised me... something, but then disappeared. I asked her friend and she told me that the girl loved me but that she had to leave. So I took my rocket bike (no freaking idea where that came from) and left to find her. During the bicycle ride two other girls started following me and for some reason the whole thing turned into an epic rocket-bicycle race. Unfortunately I woke up before finding out why the girl left, or why where these two girls following me, or why was it important that I got there first.

Silverraptor
2009-10-13, 12:06 AM
I have dreams where all my senses are active. Sight, touch, hearing, taste, and even smell. The dream always varies but I'm usually a champion of justice or a good hearted strategist.:biggrin:

Though a few times I was like an evil overlord and a creepy scientist. I actually felt that when I slashed an innocent person, all I was doing was splitting apart the atom's that were bound to each other and had no thought of the person having a soul. When I look back, it was a creepy feeling to think that even *I* didn't have a soul and was just electric impulses through electrons. That's all I felt about the world in that dream, just down to the atomic level.

So ya, when those very rare times happen. IT'S BAD!!:eek:

Jesse Drake
2009-10-13, 12:24 AM
I have very vivid night warrior dreams. I slay giants, using spears and my superior leaping abilities, I sometimes take flight, but it's never an easy task, so I'm clearly not a dream mage. I usually don't snore, but I've been told I sound like I'm fighting when I sleep. I sometimes wake up cause I punch my bed post.

I usually remember my dreams very well for a couple of days afterwards. I try to write them down, but alas, I'm not that organized.

Lycan 01
2009-10-13, 12:46 AM
Problem solver, I suppose. Usually the problem is solved with bullets. :smallbiggrin: Okay, not usually. But... I'm often in a position where I have to figure out a problem, help myself, or help other people. Save my GF from crack-heads? Done it. Conquer the forces of Chaos in the 41st Millenium? Done it. Fight off a were-shark with a fire axe while trapped in a lifeboat I randomly appeared in with a bunch of people I just met? Done it. Forgot to do my homework, and I'm going to fail the class if I don't turn a report in this afternoon? Done it. Chased through Wal-mart by a Terminator? Done it. I always wind up in some zanny situation, and have to work my way out of it...


Off the top of my head, I'd say a common theme in my dreams as of late is me as an Imperial Commissar. :smallconfused: I blame all the Warhammer 40K stuff I read. I finished 3 Gaunt's Ghosts books in less than 2 weeks. One only took me about 48 hours. That HAS to have an affect on your subconscious.

Bhu
2009-10-13, 03:44 AM
My regular dreams are high octane nightmare fuel for most people so I prolly shouldn't discuss them too much on GitP. Although it would be nice to occasionally see the mods do a spit take...

Kris on a Stick
2009-10-13, 05:38 AM
My Dream Persona is Arthur Dent. I go through the most surreal adventures, and WTF scenarios, most related to school or everyday life, only turned 90 degrees oven-wise, and walk through them as if it were a perfectly ordinary day. Mortal avatar of the Lord Buddha who randomly visits households and asked me to eat some pancakes drenched in green dye for some reason or other? *eats pancakes*

OverdrivePrime
2009-10-13, 07:07 AM
Hmm... like Vorpal Tribble and Jesse Drake, it seems that my REM self subscribes to the Dokken (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-mtGU00po08) doctrine as well.

We're the Dream Warriors! http://i177.photobucket.com/albums/w219/mwellenstein/Win/rock.gif

A full 90% of the dreams I remember involve me battling evil, frequently in another dimension, almost always in passionate melee. Interestingly, I am never afraid in these dreams - supremely confident and often having a blast as I clash swords with evil men and otherworldly monsters.

Usually these dreams also transition into amorous scenes involving myself and my wife, and then re-energized, I leap back into battle to save the world, or at least the neighborhood. I do show up in a couple of my friends dreams as well, lending a helping hand, or leading the way out of a dangerous struggle.

It's like my dream self thinks it's in a series of Dolph Lundgren movies. And that's pretty awesome by me. :smallbiggrin:

The Vorpal Tribble
2009-10-13, 07:37 AM
Meh, swords? Dude, free your mind. I once went over and ripped up a telephone pole and went Neo (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qvf4GNy71sg) on an army of demons (this was before I'd ever seen it).

Other fun methods:

Pull down a ceiling fan and start spinning. Meat grinders'r'us.

Hedgeclippers are also your friend.

Phase through walls and pull them halfway. Instant decapitation fun!


Despite the true scenarios above, I rarely make use of weapons. I tend more towards the biting and ripping apart of my enemies with bare hands. My favorite thing to do seems to be grabbing and breaking necks/spines. It just seems... natural.

I have two sisters that say I turn into a giant black were-lion or wolf in their dreams. It's like I'm me, but an animal. They then go on to describe fights 'I' dreamt. Really very odd.


Hmm... like Vorpal Tribble and Jesse Drake, it seems that my REM self subscribes to the Dokken doctrine as well.
Awww, yeah. Freddy might at least provide some sport. I actually dreamt of him once after watching the movies. I collapsed into a pile of black beetles and no matter what he did, there were always MORE of me skittering about. I finished him off as he stomped beetles over and over, and the goo cemented him to the ground. I then swarmed over him, ate him, and gained his powers.

Kasbe
2009-10-13, 07:38 AM
Im not sure whether I dream or not. I stay in a semi-conscious state where I can still feel my bed and body, but can think deeper about random stuff. I re-play recent chess games, remember today's lesson, think about the plot in a game Im playing.... but no, nothing "outside" my real life.

Quincunx
2009-10-13, 07:38 AM
My Dream Persona is Arthur Dent. I go through the most surreal adventures, and WTF scenarios, most related to school or everyday life, only turned 90 degrees oven-wise, and walk through them as if it were a perfectly ordinary day. Mortal avatar of the Lord Buddha who randomly visits households and asked me to eat some pancakes drenched in green dye for some reason or other? *eats pancakes*

Ditto! My viewpoint within a dream is blasť and Arthur Dent is a good example. I've been dreaming while conscious for too long, I think, and it dulled the sensation of not having control over the route of the dream.

Mauve Shirt
2009-10-13, 07:56 AM
I'm a lot bolder in my dreams. I'm usually very interested in what is going on, but not unnerved or confused.

Keshay
2009-10-13, 08:09 AM
I have two distinct types of dreams: those I'm aware I'm dreaming, and those I'm not. Those I'm not aware are usually mundane, with increasingly minor changes made to the setting until I can finally tell its a dream. I'd call my personality in these dreams "the belabored experiencer". I'm usually going through my normal day, but odd things keep piling up. Like they move my cube at work, then my new area is on the roof, then we have a field day where everyone needs to dress as ninjas... Then its lucid dreaming time.

Once I'm aware its a dream the only way to describe my personality is "Baddest man in the universe". The dreams usually change at this point. Used to be fun to do the "dream warrior" thing. At this point though I'm nigh-omnipotent, totally invulnerable and can handle whatever gets thrown at me.

Fortunately it does not always devolve into combat. When I get control, if I can I try to find my deceaced father. We do stupid mundane things like rebuild car engines, watch movies, or go shopping. Still its a great time.

Kris on a Stick
2009-10-13, 08:11 AM
I'd like to note that that I've never died or done any sort of combat in a dream. Not in the sleeping, fully unaware and out of it sort anyway.
It's strange, how dream me is so... normal. :smallconfused:

Serpentine
2009-10-13, 08:39 AM
The other night, I was the guy from Ninja Gaiden, and I was hanging out with the Statue of Liberty cuz I was sad...

I dunno, I think I'm sort of an adventurer-type, kinda. Or a dragon, sometimes.

Trog
2009-10-13, 08:44 AM
My Dream Persona is Arthur Dent. I go through the most surreal adventures, and WTF scenarios, most related to school or everyday life, only turned 90 degrees oven-wise, and walk through them as if it were a perfectly ordinary day. Mortal avatar of the Lord Buddha who randomly visits households and asked me to eat some pancakes drenched in green dye for some reason or other? *eats pancakes*
Also this. Very much this. Though not many school dreams anymore.

...Now I want pancakes, darn it. >.<

blackfox
2009-10-13, 08:58 AM
My dreamself is the Long Distance Runner. I'm usually either chasing something or evading something. I'm always, always running around to achieve some objective or another. Sometimes I'm trying to find something, sometimes trying to hide something, sometimes trying to catch someone, or get away from someone...
My dreams often are in 'real life locations,' which I know, in the dream, are my house or my school or some other real life location, but once I wake up, I know they look nothing like that location. Sometimes, however, they're in completely wierd locations that my REM makes up.

@v: I know there have been times (recently!) when I've ended my dream screaming profanities, and woken up all startled, but my roommate didn't hear a thing. :smallbiggrin: It's the wierdest thing ever.

AtomicKitKat
2009-10-13, 09:01 AM
Well, been a couple years since the last dream with my early-mid-teens crush(maybe I've finally moved on), but I seem to be auto-injurious. My most recent one was last night, where I dreamt that someone pushed somebody else, who then knocked into me, resulting in me smashing the back of my skull into the floor, with temporary loss of consciousness(yes, I went unconscious for a few seconds while dreaming. Don't ask me how that works.). Then there was the time I dreamt I kept eating my fingers and they kept growing back.

The dreams with the crush seemed to involve a lot of cases of her going through military training with me. Wouldn't really have surprised me if she had indeed done so IRL though, as she was on the sportier(although not butch) side.

I've also woken myself up midway through screaming profanities. Like waking up with an "uck!" after something particularly offended me.:smallredface:

GoC
2009-10-13, 09:22 AM
Very aggressive but insecure. Not afraid of anything physical but afraid of being thought a fool.

Athaniar
2009-10-13, 09:24 AM
I'm as much of a nerd in dreams as I am in real life, and have been for as long as I can remember. Last night I dreamt something about Sith. I also remember that I thought (in-dream) that my dream didn't make sense. Strange.

Also, speaking of dreams, does anyone know a reliable method for controlling them? I don't want to try anything unless I know it's going to work.

Telonius
2009-10-13, 01:01 PM
I guess I'd call my dreamself "The Audience." I very rarely see myself, or interact with things, in my dreams. It all happens, and I'm the observer. I just sit back and enjoy the show. It's usually all symbolic characters and events.

Tar Palantir
2009-10-13, 01:11 PM
In 90% of my dreams, everything is on fire, and I'm holding the lighter and empty gas can (metaphorically speaking, of course. There's only so much entertainment to be had from lighting things on fire).

Zanaril
2009-10-13, 01:11 PM
I normally fly around, while people watch, in awe. Sometimes I'm invisible, sometimes I can fly through walls.

Oddly (or rather, not oddly) it's almost always night time in my dreams. :smallconfused:

Do people find they dream in first person or third person? Usually for me it's the former.

GoC
2009-10-14, 06:20 AM
Do people find they dream in first person or third person? Usually for me it's the former.

Varies. Sometimes just watching, sometimes controlling my "character", sometimes real first person.

OverdrivePrime
2009-10-14, 07:06 AM
Meh, swords? Dude, free your mind. I once went over and ripped up a telephone pole and went Neo (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qvf4GNy71sg) on an army of demons (this was before I'd ever seen it).

...snip!...

Despite the true scenarios above, I rarely make use of weapons. I tend more towards the biting and ripping apart of my enemies with bare hands. My favorite thing to do seems to be grabbing and breaking necks/spines. It just seems... natural.

I have two sisters that say I turn into a giant black were-lion or wolf in their dreams. It's like I'm me, but an animal. They then go on to describe fights 'I' dreamt. Really very odd.
Hey, whaddaya want? Swords are natural to my psyche. There's a particular rune blade that I'm usually carrying, but not always.

When a greatsword isn't appropriate, I'm usually just handing out beat downs with my usual martial arts... but every once in a while I'll be piloting a Veritech or some other mecha.

Gulaghar
2009-10-14, 10:27 AM
I almost never dream, and by almost never I mean once every 5 months. When I do dream I have a very vague recollection of what happened, which I forget a few hours later. So I really don't know what my dreamself is.

Zanaril
2009-10-14, 10:31 AM
Do people here ever find they switch 'characters' in dreams? I mean, normally I'd consider me to be myself, but sometimes (usually mid-dream) I switch to being someone else entirely (and usually they're male for some reason). :smallconfused:

blackfox
2009-10-14, 11:45 AM
Do people here ever find they switch 'characters' in dreams? I mean, normally I'd consider me to be myself, but sometimes (usually mid-dream) I switch to being someone else entirely (and usually they're male for some reason). :smallconfused:That happens to me. Sometimes mid-dream, sometimes for the whole dream I'm someone different that I only realize once I wake up that it's not me. I have a sense of identity in these dreams, but it's a different one than 'BlackFox.'

Insert Name Here
2009-10-14, 12:27 PM
In the few dreams I remember, life is sometimes mundane, and I do very little but wind up pacing the area in such dreams.

In any active or dangerous dream, I'm usually just tagging along or trying to stay safe; there's always significant risk and no mercy from the dream, although the dream doesn't go out of its way to screw me over.

If I have a main role, it's likely everything that I was fighting against will add up and crash down on me rather violently; I can often make things work out in the aftermath, though.

Occasionally I'm competent, but that's fairly rare -- the only dream I can remember where my abilities made a difference was rather depressing.

On a sidenote, I can't really pretend in my dreams; I can't roleplay or play video games; instead I take over the perspective of the character I'm playing in the game.

Jesse Drake
2009-10-14, 02:37 PM
I hardly ever dream I'm anyone else, as my dreamself is a great warrior with many many powers himself. And I never have dreams that I'm multiple people in the same dream. But what does happen is I usually have two or three different plots in one night. And I do skip around sometimes, missing entire "scenes" of my dream.

And as for perspective, it usually is third person, cause I remember how I look when I do things, and remember seeing myself do them, but still feel what's going on. But then occasionally, I switch back to first person, usually when I'm running (or flying fast).

Phae Nymna
2009-10-14, 07:19 PM
In my dreams I'm usually very vulnerable. I usually explore the place that I'm in and I usually can't perceive any ability to leave the general area. If my dreams are very libido centered, I take full control of what's happening once the libido moment starts. I am frequently trying to escape or flee something (i.e. zombies, vampires, kidnappers, creepers, werewolves, more zombies).

I never see myself in my dreams either, but they're usually wholly introspective and cool.

COMMON DREAMS:
-Nightmare (Like serious terrors and stuff) involving Zombies
-"Libido Dreams" where the best part is at the end and and where someone wakes me up before it ends.
-Blatant Metaphorical Dreams

Vella_Malachite
2009-10-15, 01:08 AM
My dreamself tends to be a thinker and a leader, but not the voluntary leader type - I tend to be trying to protect someone else (like a dream I had where I had a little brother and needed to save us both from a witch), or just in a group where we're trying to undertake a task together, in which case, we're all generally pretty smart.

But my subconscious annoys me - it keeps making me repeat parts of dreams that don't work so well. Like one time, I had a dream where I got shot, and I replayed the scene seventeen times (I kid you not - literally seventeen) before I was shot somewhere with a satisfactory balance of "lethal danger" and "slow-acting so I can get help".

Some of my best story ideas comes from dreams, actually. Often my dreams take the form of a section of story. If I write it down quick enough, I have a setting, a story premise and characters ready to tweak and go! :smallcool:

AtomicKitKat
2009-10-15, 07:31 AM
Had a weird semi-doze dream this afternoon. The only thing I remember is some lady speaking really fast, and she was saying something, possibly from Princess Bride? It was like a paragraph, and she was saying something like "ThePotionInTheLotionWasMovingInSlowMotion." It was a lot of rhyming, tongue-twisting lines. She then said it slower, and overall, the only thing I really remember about the whole thing was feeling really impressed at her ability to say the line that quickly.