Post Reply Can blind people see their dreams?
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Posted 4/8/17
Sorry Mods, I tried to find the thread to see if it's closed or not but couldn't find it.

Blind people. Either born with blindness or gotten it from some incident have made me wonder about something. Can they see their dreams in full colors and different shapes? Or can they possibly see it in the way people who aren't blind see things? Yes, blind people can't see anything. But are their dreams more vivid and clear in a way that they can see it somehow. This might be a silly question but I am just curious. What do you think?


I really want to ask I blind person this but I'm afraid I might make that person uncomfortable or something.
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That's actually kind of beautiful to think about. :)

I'm not blind so I can't say, but it would be interesting to ask someone who has never truly 'seen' things in the living world if they 'see' things in their dreams. It's been shown that many people's daily lives influence what they see in their dreams, so it would be very cool to hear what someone who is naturally blind sees.
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Posted 4/8/17

YayForKittens wrote:

That's actually kind of beautiful to think about. :)



It is? Whew! *wipes off imaginary sweat from forehead* Thank you very much.
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Dreams occure when your brain fixes or organizes connections in your head. You dream every time you are in rem sleep for roughly 4 hours each night assuming you have healthy sleeping. 90% of these dreams have no images as the brain may not be organizing visual memories thus you dont remember most of these type of dreams.
Since visual dreams are based on visual memories in your head such dreams cant take place for someone with no visual memories to begin with.
So no blind people dont have visual dreams.
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I am no expert, but from what I've heard it's as follows:

If they were born blind: can't see in dreams (nothing to base visuals on)

If they became blind: can sometimes see in dreams (happens less often the longer they've been blind).
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relt95 wrote:

I am no expert, but from what I've heard it's as follows:

If they were born blind: can't see in dreams (nothing to base visuals on)

If they became blind: can sometimes see in dreams (happens less often the longer they've been blind).


I can confirm this. I have a blind parent, aunt and cousin (not born blind) and knows a lot of blind people

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Posted 4/8/17 , edited 4/8/17
They may just see shadows. I've heard that's what blind people see...don't take my word for it.
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Well before the invention of colour TV all humans dream's were black and white, so a blind man's dreams could indeed be possible as black and white as colour was never a factor, throw in the human minds memories of feelings and shapes and I think it's a possibility but honestly.. just ask a blind man for a straight up answer
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Posted 4/8/17 , edited 4/8/17
It probably depends on how their blindness works. Your eyes don't impact what you see when you dream. Someone who could see but then suffered an eye injury that left them blind should be fine to still see stuff. If you could see but then suffered some sort of brain injury that impact your mind's ability to recall images or process visual data, you might be screwed. Same if you were born where with a brain injury that impacted you.

Someone born blind probably can't "see" their dreams if for no reason other than dreams pull stuff you've seen as a frame of reference to create a visual element so if you've literally never seen anything, what is there to pull.


jaragnaros wrote:

Well before the invention of colour TV all humans dream's were black and white...


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Posted 4/8/17
A deaf from birth schizophrenic sees floating hands using sign language, not voice. If we follow this line of thought, no, blind people do not have visual dreams, but audio/physical dreams.
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Here you go

http://phenomena.nationalgeographic.com/2014/02/26/how-the-blind-dream/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XpUW9pm9wxs
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They have a brain they can make images of things in their head if they want to, you can see shape through touch so they could potentially composite an image in their head on what an object might look like based on just that. So I imagine they could see a dream but it will definitely not be a dream we could comprehend.

I understand that this visual is mostly physical but just because a person can't see doesn't mean they lack the ability to create an image in their minds. Never underestimate the human brain, there is a lot we do not know about it. Nor underestimate the capabilities of someone empared.
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I remember asking a deaf (from birth) friend of mine what she gets from her mind's voice. She said it was like text, no voice associated with it.

I imagine a similar thing for a blind person, when you ask them to visualize something they remember what it would feel like (or infer what it would feel like) get me?
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Im sure if you were to be born blind, you dont have much as a reference so I dont think you can dream about things.
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Posted 4/9/17
I've always wondered about this. Thanks for making this thread and everyone else for answering! Now I know.
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