Why do so many people have the same dreams?
October 12, 2012 2:25 PM Subscribe
Are there any physiological explanations for why so many people have the same dreams?
posted by cilantro to Grab Bag (22 answers total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
Just a few examples: teeth falling out or crumbling, ending up back in school because of a class you forgot to attend or an exam you failed, Mouth full of gum - you pull and pull but can't get it all out, unable to dial a phone, trying to run but barely able to move... I could go on, but you get the idea!
I'm just wondering if there are any non-Jungian or any physiological explanations for any of this. Not particularly interested in "dreams about teeth falling out represents fear of death" explanations - more interested in explanations like "dreams about teeth falling out happen more often among people who grind their teeth in their sleep" (though if you have good evidence or interesting information about the psychology of dreams, then by all means put it out there!)