April 2, 2014 8:57 AM Subscribe
Apologies if this sounds crazy. I suddenly had a memory from my past, to a very minute detail. But, I have a gut feeling that this was actually a recurring dream I used to have very regularly a long time ago. However ... I can't decide if it is something I made up just now.
I'm not sure that was the best way to put into words exactly what I'm feeling, so please read on.
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[I'm in my late twenties.]
This memory involves me doing some intense running and climbing through some deserted locales only to get to a very desolate area, so it's all quite fantastical and is also certainly the sort of thing I can see myself dreaming about while asleep.
Right now, the closest word I can use to describe what I'm feeling is a sort of deja-vu. But I thought deja-vu is only for something you see unfold outside of you. I've certainly experienced this before, but it also couldn't have actually happened! So -- is memory of dream, or rather a memory of having had the dream, while at the same time not being able to remember when one dreamed it, possible? Is there a technical term for such a sensation?
... and I guess more importantly, does it say something about my mental health that I can remember (or manufacture?) something in such vivid detail but can't "decide" whether it was an old recurring dream?
Once again, I'm really sorry if this all sounds very cuckoo.