Is that a conversation we had, or did I just dream it?
August 4, 2009 1:42 PM Subscribe
I remember things that didn't actually happen - I dreamed them. This is inconvenient, but is it a problem?
posted by jacalata to grab bag (15 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
An example: Last night I went out with friends. This morning I remembered sitting in a car next to one of them, sleeping on his shoulder. I also KNOW that I was not in a car with him last night, and it's pretty unlikely I've ever fallen asleep on his shoulder. That's the only thing that makes me sure I dreamed the first bit. This is definitely not related to drinking - I have also 'remembered' going shopping with my mother a few days before, until I realized I hadn't seen her for close to a year, I 'remember' reading/writing emails, having conversations with people, a day at work/school - and sometimes I realize that this memory is completely impossible, and didn't happen. The thing is they're not impossible because they involve flying or unicorns: they just aren't compatible with some actual fact, like I can't have gone grocery shopping yesterday because there's no milk. What if some of my 'real' memories are similarly imagined, they just don't have an obvious conflict with reality? That time my brother got angry because I didn't give him my travel plans for visiting him...did he forget I told him? Or did I imagine telling him? How do I tell?
So, does this happen to everyone, or does it sound like something I should mention to a doctor? Possibly related background: I've been on antidepressants for about a year, but these incidents definitely predate that (although not the depression itself).