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What’s Your Dream IQ? (Quiz)

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Answer: D. Anxiety.

Humans are thought to dream for a number of reasons, including reducing stress, problem solving and regulating moods. When you’re dreaming, you are twice as likely to be experiencing a negative emotion over a positive emotion.



Question #2: On average, people forget what percentage of their dreams?

A. 20%
B. 60%
C. 70%
D. 90%

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Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.


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3:20PM PDT on Oct 13, 2012

i don't like to sleep because i don't have pleasant or sweet dreams. only good thing about my dreams is that i can fly; every dream i've had for as long as i can remember, i'm flying around or flying to get away from something.

2:43PM PDT on Oct 13, 2012

i love my dreams.. but i suffer from nightmares a lot

12:51PM PDT on Oct 6, 2012

(cont'd) accomplishment, and began to actively contemplate a plan for overcoming this mental obstacle.

It took more than a year, but finally one night during this dream I was able to fully control my body and pedal backwards at will. I then began to fly my bike like Melvin Spitznagle did with his "Furious Flycycle." Over the heads of all the doubters and casual onlookers, towards the rising sun. I awoke with an overwhelming sense of joy and accomplishment.

My nightmares immediately ceased. In fact, I have never had another, that I could remember at least, since. To this day -- more than 35 years later -- I have always felt in full control of my dreams. Now if a dream begins to present disturbing images to me, I simply tell my head to knock it off. But most importantly for me, I immediately began to rectify the abuse I was enduring as unjust and not something I somehow deserved. The knowledge that my abusers were wrong about me came with the empowerment of this dream, and it was this realization that would later prevent my suicide.

12:47PM PDT on Oct 6, 2012

As a child, I suffered from abnormally high levels of stress due to extreme domestic violence, a father in prison, a working mother who left my brother and I with downright abusive babysitters, and later, sexual abuse at the hands of a pedophile stepfather. My younger brother suffered from night terrors, while I had frequent nightmares of my own death -- which seemed to bother no one in my dream, not even my mother.

At age 12, I had worked an entire summer of 10-hour days as a janitor for my slave-driving stepfather to earn the measly $65 dollars to buy my first new bike -- a 10-speed Huffy. At about this time I began to have a recurring dream, one that left me feeling desperate and out-of-control. This dream seemed to reinforce my feelings of self-doubt, impotence and worthlessness.

When I was allowed to ride the bike, I used to love the sensation of pedaling forward as fast as I could go. Then I would coast, and -- this being my first bike with a handbrake instead of a coaster brake -- spin the pedals backwards with my feet. In my recurring dream however, I was able to pedal forwards as fast as I wanted, but could not coast and spin the pedals backwards. I tried and tried in my dream, but I just could not manage to do it.

I thought about the frustration and desperation of this dream many times during wakeful hours, sometimes even waking up at night and not being able to return to sleep. I began to see this dream as a road block to my progress, my accomplishment,

10:34AM PDT on Oct 6, 2012

cool quiz my dad took this and he got almost all of them correct

8:30PM PDT on Oct 5, 2012

drams are amazing, I wish so bad that my dreams could be translated into little movies that I could watch once I wake up

9:34AM PDT on Sep 17, 2012

I love dreams...

7:10AM PDT on Sep 10, 2012

Dreams is a topic that fascinates man. It has its own language which people ages ago tried to interpret as a guidance. Remember Joseph in the bible- he interpreted dreams with very important results. Dreams can be precognitive as well. For anyone interested in dreams and dreaming, a journal is very important. Begs the question- what do you do with dreams in your journal from years gone by?
Thank you for this article.

9:58AM PDT on Sep 5, 2012

I did pretty good. I remember my dreams almost every night. And I even remember having up to 10 dreams in one night, all about different things.

9:35PM PDT on Sep 4, 2012

I dream nightly and wake up remembering them. Also in vivid colors. I agree with John S. this was way too long to browse through. I also answered correctly 6.

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