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#1 Posted by Bones8677 (3358 posts) -

I was asked about nightmares on Formspring, and the thought occurred to me about my visual perspective in my dreams. For the most part they are in third person. Why? Hell I don't know. I rarely remember my dreams when I wake up or forget them shortly after they happen. But the ones I do remember have mostly been in third person. What about you?

#2 Edited by Obsidian (347 posts) -

You're a freak.  Mine are always first person.

#3 Posted by melcene (3214 posts) -

Depends on the dream.

#4 Posted by BraveToaster (12636 posts) -
@melcene said:
" Depends on the dream. "
#5 Posted by GunnBjorn (2905 posts) -

I can't recall I've ever seen myself in my own dreams. From a logical perspective it should always be first-person.
#6 Posted by MoonlightMoth (519 posts) -

My dreams are all pretty much from a first-person perspective. If it's been otherwise, I do not remember.

#7 Posted by eroticfishcake (7854 posts) -

Every dream that I've remember so far has been from a first-person perspective. The only time I saw myself in a dream was when I looked into a mirror and I was wearing a ski jacket. Plus I was pregnant. O_o

#8 Posted by Hairy_Fish (374 posts) -

Mostly first person, but the odd time I'll see myself.

#9 Posted by IamTerics (490 posts) -

I used to have recurring dreams of watching myself  falling down between a square staircase. Always in a wheelchair and with glasses , before i started wearing them in my lifetime. I woke when I saw myself hit the bottom. So yea always third person.

#10 Edited by Make_Me_Mad (3204 posts) -

Mostly first person, but I did once have a dream that was basically a film-noir version of my high school life, with me as a private detective and the girl I was currently crushing on as a rich recent widow who may or may not have stabbed her husband in the back and left him in a pool.
The truth was up to me to find out.
That dream was AWESOME.

#11 Posted by DeShawn2ks (1085 posts) -

I say about 50 50. My nightmares though are usually in first person and that sucks. I much prefer the I am watching a movie of me doing some awesome or dumb shit perspective.

#12 Posted by LittleBigJono (291 posts) -

Yeah I've definitely had both

#13 Posted by Meteora (5844 posts) -

Almost all the time first person, those are the dreams where they feel like they're real (even though whatever the hell happens during them are fucking crazy, insane or abnormal).

#14 Posted by RobotHamster (4235 posts) -

From what I remember usually first person but sometimes it'll change to third, depends on whats going on.

#15 Posted by Marz (5693 posts) -

first person

#16 Posted by NinjaHunter (996 posts) -

It depends. I've had dreams where I wasn't even actively involved, just an observer.

#17 Posted by MrKlorox (11142 posts) -

Almost always first person, if I'm myself. But sometimes I dream about a videogame I've been playing, and then it's occasionally third person.

#18 Posted by danimal_furry (1490 posts) -

I have never remembered a dream, so I don't know. I find this interesting: People who grew up watching black and white TV have dreams in black and white. Those that grew up with color TVs see them in color.
#19 Posted by Beforet (2985 posts) -

Usually they're second person, actually.

#20 Posted by Scrawnto (2489 posts) -

I've only had maybe three or four third-person dreams, and I dream every night, so that's a pretty tiny fraction of the dreams I've had. However, one of those was in isometric SRPG graphics ala Final Fantasy Tactics, so that was pretty interesting.

#21 Edited by crusader8463 (14744 posts) -

I honestly don't remember ever having a dream in first person, it's always framed and shot like a movie.

#22 Posted by Video_Game_King (36567 posts) -

Depends on the dream. I've had some in ?th person. Those were the dreams that taught me the exact value of ?. Also, they led to rape analogies.

#23 Posted by Kyreo (4683 posts) -

I mostly have third person, I think.  My dreams are often very vague.

#24 Posted by Trebz (488 posts) -

Pretty much every nightmare I have is in first-person, probably to add to the "powerless" effect a lot of them have, along with any dreams where I'm doing something menial or having a conversation. I've had a few third-person dreams, but the older I get, the less I remember them.

#25 Posted by DougQuaid (1272 posts) -

The ones I can remember seem to be a mix of both.

#26 Posted by Gamer_152 (14279 posts) -

My dreams are almost always first-person although they're very occasionally third-person. I have had dreams from a top-down or 2D side-scrolling perspective before.

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#27 Posted by Obsidian (347 posts) -
@Make_Me_Mad said:
" Mostly first person, but I did once have a dream that was basically a film-noir version of my high school life, with me as a private detective and the girl I was currently crushing on as a rich recent widow who may or may not have stabbed her husband in the back and left him in a pool.The truth was up to me to find out.That dream was AWESOME. "
Sounds a bit like the movie Brick.
#28 Posted by iam3green (14368 posts) -

it's first person for all of my dreams. it's usually of me in a human nothing else.

#29 Posted by the_OFFICIAL_jAPanese_teaBAG (4311 posts) -

most of the time for me, my dreams have been in first person

#30 Posted by yakov456 (1955 posts) -

Interesting topic. Usually 3rd person with the occasional first.

#31 Posted by Cube (4382 posts) -

Always first person.

#32 Posted by PrivateIronTFU (3858 posts) -

Always first person. 

#33 Posted by McGhee (6128 posts) -

When I was a kid I had a dream where I was holding a controller and I was controlling a third person version of me in a game.

#34 Posted by kingzetta (4497 posts) -
@Beforet said:
" Usually they're second person, actually. "
#35 Posted by BigLemon (1080 posts) -

Mine are third-person omniscient, but they have an unreliable narrator.  
 
 
Also, the word narrator always looks wrong when I type it. I feel like it has one syllable too many or something.

#36 Posted by Akeldama (4327 posts) -
@Axxol said:
" @melcene said:
" Depends on the dream. "
"
#37 Posted by xyzygy (10590 posts) -

First person, but for some reason, along with those images comes the images of third person. I can think about dreams and have memories easily on hand which are of some sort of secondary invisible person's perspective. But I'm still telling this and experiencing them like first person. Hard to explain exactly what i mean.

#38 Posted by TheDudeOfGaming (6115 posts) -

Sometimes first person sometimes third.
 
@danimal_furry: Also,i never,ever dreamed in color,despite not watching black and white tv -.-

#39 Posted by Tricks73r (263 posts) -

Third person, but I break the fourth wall like it's a bad George Orwell production. 

#40 Edited by Sessh (1290 posts) -

Almost always in third person. And mostly pretty damn vivid and intense in their nature. Which by the way can be really usefull, when you are a freelance writer (and aspiring novelist).
 
Weirdest dream I ever had, was me being a fucking War Craft 3 guard tower. Just standing around, chilling and of course, ocassionally firing an arrow or two at some dudes passing by.

#41 Posted by JackSukeru (6054 posts) -

Depends, sometimes I'm not even myself but some game character, or I'm playing a game only I don't really see myself I just se "the screen". 
 
Basically they shift between being vauge 1st person experiences or movies either with or without me in them.

#42 Posted by JJWeatherman (14790 posts) -

First person for moi.

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#43 Edited by spazmaster666 (2059 posts) -

Hmm, I've never had a dream in third-person before. I'm not even sure what that would be like honestly. I mean are you implying that you are actually seeing yourself in third-person while simultaneously "being" yourself in that dream? That would be like watching yourself on TV while simultaneously being that version of yourself displayed on the TV.

#44 Posted by Apathylad (3234 posts) -

Now that I think about it, I may have had some third person dreams. Those are more uncommon for me, though. 

#45 Posted by Stonyman65 (2993 posts) -

I've never had a dream in first person, at least not one that I remember.  Its always 3rd person, the best way I can describe it is that it is like watching a movie. 

#46 Posted by KillyDarko (1990 posts) -

First person.

#47 Posted by Bones8677 (3358 posts) -
@McGhee_the_Insomniac said:
" When I was a kid I had a dream where I was holding a controller and I was controlling a third person version of me in a game. "
This might be the closest example of a dream within a dream. BBWWWAAAAAAAAMMMMMM...
#48 Posted by Bones8677 (3358 posts) -

Yeah I would describe my dreams as being like a movie. They're never continuous. There's always cuts, zooms, establishing shots, tracking shots, etc. 
 
Maybe it's because in movies when there is a dream sequence the character is never experiencing it in first person. The sequence is always filmed exactly as it is in reality. Well, more or less. 

#49 Posted by McGhee (6128 posts) -
@Bones8677 said:
" @McGhee_the_Insomniac said:
" When I was a kid I had a dream where I was holding a controller and I was controlling a third person version of me in a game. "
This might be the closest example of a dream within a dream. BBWWWAAAAAAAAMMMMMM... "
OH SHIT. Now I'm freaking out. O_0
#50 Posted by Mcfart (1845 posts) -
@danimal_furry said:
" I have never remembered a dream, so I don't know. I find this interesting: People who grew up watching black and white TV have dreams in black and white. Those that grew up with color TVs see them in color. "
So people didn't dream before TVs existed?
 
-_-'