Color vs. Black and White Dreams
Some people feel that as a dream manifests into third dimension it moves from black and white to color definition. Other believes that black and white dreams are dream time but dreams in color are parallel experiences. Further, dreams in black and white indicate an event in the far future, then same scene later manifesting as a dream in color meaning it is getting closer to physical reality. Most people who remember their dreams upon waking are focused on what took place in the dream and the emotions they experienced during it. They do not necessarily pay attention to whether the dream was in color or black and white. It is hard to believe that in this day and age, with the assault of technological advancements in high-definition color televisions, computers and films that are offered in 3-D with intense colorization, that anyone can dream in black and white.
It has been difficult for dream researchers to understand how dreams work and whether or not people dream in color.
Dreaming in black and white indicates a heavy reliance on structure, uniformity and order. Black and white dreams point to a distinct separation between reality and fantasy. Some of my colleagues encourage integration of right and left-mind behaviors when they learn their clients dream only in black and white. I’m not sure I agree. I’m more inclined to explore the shadows and values in the black and white and mine the meaning from that landscape rather than learn another method of dream expression.
Black and white dreams can offer crystalline perspectives. They offer fewer distractions so the purity of meaning can be more easily sought. Furthermore, black and white dreams offer a crisp, clean beauty that is incredibly remarkable to the exploring mind.
Three response choices were given: I dream in color; I dream in black in white; and I do not remember if I dream in color. Of those people surveyed, 78.85% responded that they dream in color; 5.77% responded that they dream in black and white; and 15.38% responded that they did not remember if they dream in color or black and white.
In a study published in 2008, it was found that people over the age of 55, who had limited exposure to color televisions during their early childhood years, tended to state that they dreamed in black and white about one-fourth of the time. On the other hand, study participants who were under the age of 25, who have been inundated with color televisions, movies, video games and computers, reported that they almost never had a dream in black and white.
During the 1940s, several studies showed that study participants reported dreaming in color either not at all or hardly ever. So you can see that the times have definitely changed with respect to dreaming in color. In conclusion, it has also been found that individuals who do remember specific colors from their dreams are usually very conscious of color in their waking lives, perhaps due to their occupations or hobbies.