This is an odd one and I’m hoping someone else here can share similar experiences.
I very rarely remember my dreams, but I have been doing so quite a bit recently.
The odd thing is that within these dreams I’ve been remembering things.
By that I mean that the me in the dream remembers things. Dream me will be driving along a road and the layout will remind me of another road and I’ll recall the events of that earlier day for instance.
But those memories don’t belong to the real me. They’re memories of things that happened to dream me only and never happened to me.
And then when I wake up I remember both the dream and the memories that I remembered within the dream.
But due to some sort of half awake filing issue the memories get tagged as mine. Somehow those memories feel like they belong to the real me and not the me in the dream.
Which is confusing. I have all these detailed memories of events and places. And they feel like familiar, fond memories. Clearly things I’ve remembered many times before. Not dim and distant memories being dredged from the back.
So they feel very familiar yet also foreign, as I have no direct connection to them. The connection is via dream me and he’s been filed correctly in the dream section of my brain and is fading fast as dreams do. Leaving a disconcerting disconnection.
For the record I am a little stressed at the moment due to a house sale which might be contributing to this. I don’t drink or do drugs before anyone offers them as causation.
I know memory can be strange and I’m aware of false memory syndrome, which this is almost related to.
But has anyone else ever experienced this? Does the you in dreams ever recall events that have happened previously to dream you? And if so, do those memories ever get tagged as belonging to the real you? Or should I see a psychiatrist ASAP?