Do blind people see in their dreams? Do they see in color?
Posted by star7 on 11/16/2004 at 7:46 AM
Hi my name is Tara I am a senior at lakewood High in Ohio. I am doing an I Search research paper for my advanced english class if any one could provide me with any information I would appreciate it. I am doing two different ways people that were born blind to answer the question and people that have become blind later on. thank you
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Re:Do blind people see in their dreams? Do they see in color?Posted by AFBInfo Center on 11/16/2004 at 11:04 AM
People who are blind do dream. The dreams of people who have been blind from a very early age (called “congenital blindness”) tend to be different from those who are blind now but had sight before. Those who are congenitally blind often have dreams that include more instances of sounds. Both groups experience dreams as imaginatively rich as those of sighted people.
Whether or not congenitally blind people dream in images has been studied, but the findings have been mixed – some studies conclude that congenitally blind people do not dream visual images, while other reports conclude that they do.
Helen Keller addressed the topic of dreams in her landmark work, The Story of my Life. Her dreams are discussed in Part. III, Chap. V
Re:Blindness and dreams
Posted by bowman on 05/10/2004
hello i can help you there my boyfrined is blind with no useful vision im partily sited and no they can no dream in picsures
hope this helps
Re:Do blind people see in their dreams? Do they see in color?Posted by GREATMOM1 on 1/26/2005 at 8:34 PM
I HAD SIGHT FOR 52 YEARS AND LOST MY SIGHT FROM DIABETES.
I DO DREAM IN COLOR IN MOST OF MY DREAMS. I SEE IN ALL MY DREAMS ALSO.
Re:Do blind people see in their dreams? Do they see in color?Posted by vkg.mca on 6/19/2006 at 12:52 PM
There are two categories of blind people
(1). Who are blind by birth : These people do not see colors in their dream. Their dreams includes only noises & emotions.
(2). Who became blind due to any happening in life: These people see colors in their dreams but the intensity of the colors is associated with the time when they last seen the colors in their original life before being blind.
Re:Do blind people see in their dreams? Do they see in color?Posted by Mustaine on 11/12/2006 at 10:24 PM
I don't "see" in dreams because I have no visual images on which to base anything. Instead, my dreams are very rich with the senses of my world. My girlfriend (she is sighted) and I have conversations about dreams all the time and we often share dream ideas. It's in the interpretation where we differ. I hope that helps a bit.
Re:Do blind people see in their dreams? Do they see in color?Posted by lorddiablo666 on 1/5/2007 at 6:50 PM
It's all opinion i believe if your blind by birth how owuld you know wether you see color or not. Perhaps some do and others don't.
Re:Do blind people see in their dreams? Do they see in color?Posted by Jil on 10/30/2007 at 1:23 AM
I, too, am researching this topic. I am a 13-year old sophomore student in Philippine Science High School and this research work is also for our English class. I have looked up various articles and I have somehow concluded that blind people tend to "see" in their dreams, even though those who were blind at birth only have mixed noises as dreams. Those who are blind at birth don't see "colored dreams". For those who lost their eyesight for some reason, they too, have dreams. They are, in a way, lucky to have "colored dreams". It is because they had the chance too see in color, unlike the ones who weren't able to see at birth.
Re:Do blind people see in their dreams? Do they see in color?Posted by lynn*25* on 3/2/2009 at 3:26 AM
i too am doing a science project on wether or not blind people see their world from adifferent view.
Re:Do blind people see in their dreams? Do they see in color?Posted by Dizzy the Mad Hatter on 10/16/2009 at 2:22 AM
Does Black count?
Re:Do blind people see in their dreams? Do they see in color?Posted by smallj on 10/29/2009 at 3:35 PM
Hi my name is Josie and I am a high school student. I am taking a psychology class and I am doing an honors project that focuses on the dreams of blind people. Would anyone be willing to let me interview them about their dream experiences? My project requires conducting an interview, and I need to have conducted one by November 2. I'd be great if anyone could help me.
Re:Do blind people see in their dreams? Do they see in color?Posted by redwun on 1/18/2010 at 8:09 PM
yes they can dream in color. color deficient or do you mean totally colorblind
Re:Do blind people see in their dreams? Do they see in color?Posted by kazahaya8 on 4/19/2010 at 6:40 AM
This is a very interesting question and after reading many of the responses I did not notice any mention the small group pf blind people who use ecolocation to see. While I do not know the answer, I think it would be intersting to find out if they dream in visual shapes, or if they too dream in auditory sounds unless they became blind at an older age and dream in visual, colored pictures.
Re:Do blind people see in their dreams? Do they see in color?Posted by Riatti on 10/27/2010 at 9:27 PM
ello everybody. I've been bothered with this question but in different way. My question had to do whether blind people fall in love, and of course took bias toward negative question. Apart from sexual reflexes. Now, do people see in color? Well, people that lost their sight after some period before that, they already captured the colors from that their lens and registered them as data in their memory. As far as I know everybody "knows" that the sky is blue, and cherries are red, so, those people can dream though they are blind. The brain chemical reactions already have previous data of how the world or reality (copy of reality) looks!, so the inception of dreams has already taken place (I borrowed this term from the Movie "inception" ) . Now that we lost our sight dreams are captured inside, and especially now when we are blind we dream even more frequently, because of the anxiety that we feel being impaired from seeing the brain functions faster, using imagination to "see with the brain" instead of eyes. Therefore I think they dream.
People that are born blind might dream, but not as people who lost their sight, because their memory isn't filled with visual data, thus the brain creates different type of dreams based on sound and touch. Their touch sense creates 3 dimensional data into their memory log so they create their own cognitive perception based on touch, but only to recognize the form of the human being. I disagree that they dream noise. If we define dreams that we dream as abstract(according to objective approach) , the dreams that blind people dream are to be considered super abstract, or never-conceivable or explainable by our language, much lesser in my mother tongue (Albanian Language). Now there's another problem to this! Do colors exist? Well, they don't, but then aren't we blind too (we that watch with our eyes). I wish you success with your research.
Re:Do blind people see in their dreams? Do they see in color?Posted by RogerBowmans on 7/1/2011 at 11:03 AM
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Re:Do blind people see in their dreams? Do they see in color?Posted by seo india on 7/6/2011 at 12:12 PM
I admit, I have not been on this webpage in a long time... however it was another joy to see It is such an important topic and ignored by so many, even professionals. I thank you to help making people more aware of possible issues. Great stuff as usual..
Re:Do blind people see in their dreams? Do they see in color?Posted by eddytb1 on 10/17/2011 at 7:22 AM
Very interesting question
Lets consider it this way - as soon as you use the word 'blindness' you consider the concept of seeing; the perception of light, or lack thereof, by a given sense. someone who has been blind from birth of course has no such sense and so, when considering such a person, surly you must remove any notion of sight.
What this person would have, is their five other primary senses (yes, its important to include balance) which would have developed in a much different way and ALL of which can, and likely would, feature in their dreams. in fact I would argue that the dreams of such a person would be richer in sensory stimulus. Given that someone who can see is so reliant upon sight as their primary sense it stands to reason that this is the primary feature in their dreams, but someone who is blind learns to 'see' using several senses, so their perceptions, both in reality and in dreams, would be based upon a combination of stimulus, rather than just the perception of light.
To take it one further, imagine someone who is blind, deaf, has no sense of touch... in fact the only way this person can perceive the physical world is with their tongue and nose. Now would such a person dream in taste and smell? Surely so, as the removal of a sense is the removal of ways to create memory. If, from birth, a person can only create memories using their tongue and nose (i.e. they can only create memories of taste and smell) then it stands to reason that not only would they dream in taste and smell, but they would do so because they think in taste ans smell.
This is an idea I have been considering as part of a novel ANY criticisms or ideas to the contrary you might have would be greatly appreciated.
Re:Do blind people see in their dreams? Do they see in color?Posted by STINGASS6969 on 10/24/2011 at 3:11 PM
My son was bind from birth. I believe he dreams of shapes, sounds and smells. He knows what a car is shaped like and many other things just by playing with his toys and touching things. So it wouldn't be a stretch to believe he dreams in 3 dimensions.
Re:Do blind people see in their dreams? Do they see in color?Posted by sfpsycho on 10/25/2011 at 2:00 PM
I teach in a high school in Little Rock, AR and I am a licensed professional counselor. I am Freudian by training but work a lot with Jungian dream theory. My question/comment is that if the Jungian theory on the collective unconscious is correct, which I do believe it to be, wouldn't blind individuals be able to dream what their parents, grandparents, etc.... saw in thier lives before the blind individual was born. Even if you do not want to call it "the collective unconscious," it has been shown that you do receive some of your visual imagery from your parents through genetics. Given this, wouldn't you be able to dream these visions if you have been blind all of your life?
If anyone knows of any studies on this topic, please email me at email@example.com or facebook at glynn j nooner Thank you.
Re:Do blind people see in their dreams? Do they see in color?Posted by kiran on 2/23/2012 at 9:24 AM
Yes, people blind or even born blind see in their dreams in the same color and way as a natural human being sees. science has many reasons, but believe it or not there is definitely reincarnation of every human being. even the born blind see their last life.this is very true.
Re: Do blind people see in their dreams? Do they see in color?Posted by TheBlind.US on 9/7/2012 at 8:36 PM
Yes. Everything is crystal clear in my dreams! http://theblind.us/
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