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The topic of dream memory has undoubtedly been broached on the pages of this blog at least a few times. Honestly I don't remember clearly if I've talked about dream memory in some capacity. This brings me to the thought of types of memory.
We either remember something or we don't unless we're thinking about shades of intensity in memory. Don't we have various kinds or levels of memory? The deeply ingrained memory for example--these are the vital data such as address, phone number, age, or social security number.
Then we have the historical memory--what we did today or some other time, things people told us, feelings we felt at points in time. Or there is relational memory--this pertains to sense of where we are and how we will get to the next place, facial or name recognition, or even bits of schedule data so we can organize our time.
Waking life can compartmentalized into many different memory situations.
But what about dream life? Are there different levels of importance to the data presented in a dream? Why do we remember some dreams easily, others with great difficulty, and still others are forgotten or never come to memory in our waking mind?
Recently I've been having very limited recall of my dreams. Also I don't write down or at least mentally ponder my dreams when I do remember something from sleep. The result in this is that my dreams are essentially forgotten to my conscious mind. Perhaps this is as it should be.
Normally I close my posts with some questions for you to answer, but since I've already asked a lot of questions in this post I'll just ask for your thoughts on the answers to those questions or what theories you may have regarding dream memory.