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Do you dream in black & white?

  • I only dream in color.

    Votes: 70 76.1%
  • I only dream in black and white.

    Votes: 2 2.2%
  • I dream in about an equal mix of both.

    Votes: 1 1.1%
  • I dream in both, but mostly color.

    Votes: 17 18.5%
  • I dream in both, but mostly black and white.

    Votes: 2 2.2%

  • Total voters
    92
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I don't remember ever dreaming in black and white... I do remember times where there has been colour in my dreams. Those times stand out. So I am assuming that any dream where colour did not stand out were actually in b&w.

The way I got to this conclusion is because of the way the cones in your eyes work. When there is minimal light, your cones no longer register colour, so at night, you're actually seeing in black and white. Your brain pretends it sees colour so you're not confused. It's very trippy when you realise. So in that same sense, I assume most of my dreams are void of colour, unless my dream-self thinks, "Oh look, there's a coloured XYZ". Otherwise it's just my brain-filter doing it's thing.
 

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I've had "unsaturated" dreams before -- in which the colors are very faded and grey, or in which the dream takes place in a place that is naturally very grey, such as an urban jungle. I do not have dreams that are entirely B&W (or if I do, my mind fills in the expected colors and I end up remembering those colors instead.)
 

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most psychopaths dream in black or white or don't dream at all and schitzophrenics tend to have vivid colour dreams

Would be interesting to see this by type, i would hazard a guest the TJ types would have more black and white dreams less creative.
 

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I don't think I ever have. My dreams often consists of bright colors if it's a visual dream. A lot of the time I think my dreams are more conceptual, but it's likely I just don't remember.
 

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I have only ever had one dream that wasn't...grey (of the dreams I remember). Maybe it has something to do with putting emphasis on color or not.
 

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I barely remember my dreams, but I think I dream in color.
 

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New studies show the "black and white" dreaming was a direct result of the type of media people were exposed to (which is a very interesting study).

In short, people who recall dreaming in B&W either had a preference for black and white cinema/TV, or grew up in the era before color TV was popular.
This ^ makes sense to me. I've never dreamed in black and white as far as I can remember, and I've often thought that probably nobody had before the invention of photography, maybe even before the invention of motion pictures.

Although I think there may be something to this though also:
When there is minimal light, your cones no longer register colour, so at night, you're actually seeing in black and white. Your brain pretends it sees colour so you're not confused. It's very trippy when you realise. So in that same sense, I assume most of my dreams are void of colour, unless my dream-self thinks, "Oh look, there's a coloured XYZ". Otherwise it's just my brain-filter doing it's thing.
But still, I only remember dreaming in color.
 

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I always thought that when they meant 'Dream in Black and White' they meant that you 'forgot' the dream when you woke up quite completely or felt like you didn't dream at all. Humans have up to 6 dreams per night during REM, they last up to 30 minutes, no longer. Hence the idea of 'dreaming in Black and White'.
 
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