How does language play a role in our nighttime dreams? A presentation this morning citing several studies delineated some interesting facts:
- Dream language is most often grammatically well-formed and contextually appropriate.
- Dream language has an easy sense of rhyme, rhythm, and puns.
- People who use words for a living, specifically writers, tend to have more language in dreams.
- Language in dreams is mostly tied to social interaction.
- Oftentimes, words in dreams may seem literal, when in fact they are metaphorical. For example, if you dream that you are "riddled with cancer," it may have other meanings, such as being puzzled by someone in your life who is a Cancer (astrological sign).
- Thinking is common in dreams as evidenced by words such as "ask, think, decide, wonder, tell."
- Thinking occurs in the majority of dreams in contextually appropriate ways, but often nonsensical to waking reality.
In the words of David Kahn, "There is so much we need to learn.... a lot of work yet to be done."