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  1. #1 Dreaming In Color VS Dreaming In Black & White 
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    All my life I've dreamed in black and white. Never have I ever had a single dream, even a blur or shaky memory, of dreaming in color.
    Once I thought of this a few months back I really got into researching what exactly dreaming is. After awhile I inevitably came across
    lucid dreaming. The idea seemed exciting for me to be able to control my dreams.

    Fast forward a little bit and I've successfully lucid dreamed about 2 or 3 times. Great experiences. Some of the best sleep I've had.
    Now, here's the problem..even though I can dream and lucid dream. I've never had a dream in color.

    Fast forward even more to present day and I still have no luck. Now I've achieved the ability to actually tell myself in my own dreams
    to attempt to dream in color. It's as if my brain just disagrees with me. It's disappointing because I feel like my dreams would be
    10x more exciting then they already are if something as simple as color were added to the mix.

    I guess my real question here is why this is happening? And are there tricks to avoid dreaming in black and white?
    Also does this happen to say anything about my psyche? Does this reflect someone's mood/behavior or possibly something
    strangely irrelevant like their diet?

    I have plenty of questions on the topic and I'm eager to hear your responses.


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    Quote Originally Posted by sp1der View Post
    All my life I've dreamed in black and white. Never have I ever had a single dream, even a blur or shaky memory, of dreaming in color.
    Hmm. I remember colors from my dreams - a yellow sled, silver wire, a red sunset etc.


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    Quote Originally Posted by sp1der View Post
    All my life I've dreamed in black and white.
    I find this hard to believe (unless you are totally colour-blind).

    My own experience is that the vast majority of dreams do not refer to colour in any way, so I don't notice whether they are in colour or not. But I have had dreams in which there was some reference to colour, so I take from this that I have the ability to dream in colour. Given that I experience colour in my real life, I see no reason why I wouldn't experience colour in my dream life. In other words, even in those dreams where I do not notice any colour, I believe that I am still dreaming in colour. Indeed, it seems incongruous to me that a person who experiences colour in real life would not also dream in colour.
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    Hmm. I remember colors from my dreams - a yellow sled, silver wire, a red sunset etc.
    When I dream it's more like my vision is completely black and white. The entire scenery surrounding me never seems to have any color to it whatsoever.
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    Well said KJW.

    When I dream, my mind conjures only what is relevant to the dream. Say my dream involves coleslaw: it's irrelevant to me personally whether that coleslaw has bits of carrot or red cabbage in it, so the coleslaw has none of those. And moreover no single ingredient in this hypothetical coleslaw really matters to me - so the coleslaw contains no ingredients! It just is.
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    There might be a difference between the actual dream and the memory of the dream. It could very well be that some people store more ‘data’ of the dream then others. A red scarf might not be memorable but if you where to dream of a blue sun, a purple tree or a green horse that would be something you might recall after you wake up.
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    I used to dream in black & white... back when my parents had a B&W television.
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