As an expert writer on lucidly.com, I would like to share with you my knowledge if blind people dream.
Dreaming is a fascinating experience that all people experience. The big question is, do blind people dream? Blind people are unable to see things, so does that mean that all they see in their dreams is a black void? What if they’ve been able to see before and they become blind later in life, does this mean they will see in their dream? At what stage of their life does it determine if they can see in their dreams or not? If they do dream, what do they dream about? What if they were blind from birth? I am going to embark on a journey to discover the answer, and conclude this once and for all.
At first stop, we come to a page about Helen Keller. Helen Keller was born both blind and deaf at birth. This means that, if blind people can’t see, they must hear things in their dream, but in her case she was blind and deaf both from both. If we read what she said, we find out that at around age 12, before and after she had a tutor, her dreams were devoid of sounds, imagery, thoughts, and emotions of any kind. She says that she often dreamed in forms of sensations, and she often dreamed of fear. One dream she recalls was that an object would fall noisily, and it would cause her to wake up from her sleep. She could feel the vibrations and sensation of fear. By the time she learned more about physical objects around her, she started to dream of them. Her first dream was of a wolf coming and eating her. Her tutor read to her the story of Little Red Riding Hood, and spelled it out on her hand, but she began to feel and imagine it in her dreams. As Helen Keller learned more and more about the outside world, she could start to see her dreams taking form, and it was easier for her to name and notice what she was thinking about. No longer was she afraid.
Perhaps, the age at which you become blind can determine whether your dreams are meaningful and full of vision. We continue on, to a page about a young girl who’s been blind when she was fairly young. Sadly she tells us that, “Blind people do dream, what they see in their dream depends on how much they were able to see.” She’s able to remember objects and people in full color. Perhaps one problem she has is as time goes on her ability to remember faces become harder. To her, her mother will always look like she’s 30, because she has never seen her mother after that point. Clarity and frequency seems to fade as time goes on.
Being blind at various stages of your life is an important factor in deciding whether they’ll have dreams or not. Before the age of five, children will hardly remember any visuals, because their ability to remember imagery hasn’t been fully developed yet. Between ages five and seven, children may or may not be blind. Most people who become blind after seven, dream in full color, but over time, the color may become lost.
It may seem that, if you have complete visual of something, you should be able to dream it, although there have been some cases of dreamers who see objects even though they were blind from both. One famous example which contradicted traditional thinking is a case where two congenitally blind subjects report the ability to see objects in their dream. Without any visual experiences to recall from, how do they see in their dream? According to researchers who conducted the research, they were merely seeing through a metaphorical use of vision, especially since one of the subjects said that she could tell that “silver objects were beautiful”, because when she touched them, they “felt pretty”. Though it is quite certain, that they don’t perceive it in exactly the same way that someone with vision does, there ability to distinguish between objects, and recognize it in their dreams support the theory that the brain can produce images just on the basis of touch. Those of us with sight would be able to correlate the word beautiful, or pretty, with something which looks that way, just as someone who’s congenitally blind, may be able to visualize that just through touch.
Perhaps one of the barriers to fully understanding if blind people do dream the same way that visually-adept people dream, is the fact that people blind from birth may never be able to give us a direct answer. How would someone who’s blind from birth tell us if they think they did “see” what we’re “seeing?” People with vision like you and I, have taken for granted that blind people would be able to see just like you and me. Their perception may be in fact very different, or they may be able to see but haven’t recognized the sensation of seeing fully vivid colors. But do they really see what we see?
It’s not required to see something in order to fully dream of it. Sound may in fact make up for the lack of vision. A blind person who hasn’t seen an airplane, but have heard it pass over, would recognize that it is a very big and loud object. He/she will hear that it’s very loud, and by the descriptions he/she would be able to imagine the shape, and colors of it. Words and music can sometimes even completely describe the emotion and what is happening, and a person who has never seen something before may be able to imagine the sensation.
Along this journey we have explored many interesting observations and documentations. Dreaming varies from person to person, especially given the conditions in which they were in. Do blind people dream? Yes, blind people do dream, and sometimes they do see objects and colors. Do blind people see images exactly like us? If they have seen it before after the age of 7, there is a very good chance that they see images like us, but their memory of the vision will fade with clarity over time. What does someone blind from birth dream of? Someone who was blind from birth will dream of strong sensations, perhaps emotional ones. Some may even be able to imagine objects after using their over senses to observe it. But they won’t be able to see in colors since they lack the ability to do so. So, do some blind people have dreams that seem to be just like us? The answer is, if they were blind from birth, not quite. But they will be able to understand, the powerful emotions and sensations, of what is going on.
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