I wish I could. For the last few (maybe ten) years, I’ve been trying to keep a log of all the dreams I can remember (with the possible exception of uselessly vague fragmented dreams). Sometimes, I’ll wake up and remember a dream (sometimes two or three dreams), and I’ll concentrate hard to try to remember these dreams so that I can record them. I run through the events of the dreams over and over, hoping that repetition will burn them into my brain. I also try to identify key aspects of the dream that I can remember instead of the entire dream; for example, if I have a common dream about finding another cat who looks just like one of my cats, and then not being able to tell them apart, but not really wanting to have a strange cat in my home… I’ll try just to remember “cat”, and then I should be able to remember the rest of the dream.
And sometimes after all these tricks, I finally get to the computer where I keep logs of my dreams… and the dream’s gone. Like smoke on the wind, all memory of the dream has dissipated. Argh.
So, as someone who has tried hard to remember dreams and failed, it doesn’t surprise me that someone who doesnt’ try to remember their dreams wouldn’t recall them. I theorize that such a person might actually remember the dreams briefly but then allow themselves to forget the dream so well that they forget even remembering the dream.
Oh, and anybody interested in dreams should check out:
where submitted dreams are illustrated as four-panel cartoons.