I'm not sure if I am the only one who deals with this but every so often I will experience an immediate brief but vivid recollection of a dream I once had a long time ago.
For example: I will on occasion have a peculiar dream involving any number of images or sensations linked to unique situations. Yet I will entirely forget about this dream the moment I wake up and it will stay forgotten for months or even years until one day, for no reason I can fathom, something will trigger these images back into my memory.
Does anybody have any idea what causes this sort of dream recall or how memories of dreams can lay dormant for such long periods of time?
Is there some deeper element of the psyche that gives these dream recalls a kind of meaning or purpose or is it all just random stuff?