VIDEO: Trump Dreams by Ruth Lingford

The video is a selection of dreams collected from the many dreams about Trump, shared on Twitter, which were used by an American psychotherapist to analyse them. There are some interviews with her about her project HERE and also HERE.

I love the choice of black and white and noir atmosphere, and how one dream blends into the following one.

One might ask about the risk of taking all the dreams mentioned in the above mentioned Twitter accounts as true without discriminating. In popular social media it does not matter as much; it’s still sociologically relevant. In the case of the psychotherapist, I wonder about the methodology she used to make the study, and how she separated the grain from the straw.

For the rest, Trump polarises because there is polarity in society, not the right one, not positive-negative, but negative-negative. He was elected because this polarity already existed. People aren’t talking to their family trump supporters, so the break was there before he came into power for sure. That’s one part of the problem. The other is that his words and actions create bad polarity were there was none. There is the need of cooperation and understanding. I think the collective unconscious is a real thing, as real as my liver, and when something is toxic, it reacts in dreams at a social scale.

 

VIDEO: How to Recount Your Dreams by Lazy Chief

How to Recount Your Dreams from Lazy Chief on Vimeo.  “We often wake up from a dream with a powerful urge to tell those around us about what happened. But our listeners are also liable to feel restless and bored during our narration of the dream. The issue takes us to the heart of the challenges of communication. This animation was created in collaboration with Alain de Botton and the School of Life.”

This ia good short with good advice on how to improve your storytelling abilities to make what you tell other people, dreams included, more engaging. This is important because you might not want to tell your dreams to your friends, but might want to share them with your dream practitioner or with other dreamers during, for example, a Social Dreaming matrix, and there clarity is paramount.

I grew up in a family of dreamers who shared dreams. I think we were all interested in each others’ dreams no matter how absurd because we accepted their oddity as part of the charm of storytelling. This wasn’t spoken. It was implicit that the dream being important for the other person, we had to just listen, acknowledge, and talk about it. I grew up thinking that this was the norm at home everywhere.

Looking back I’ve come to think that, if we shared dreams with this attitude, it might not matter whether they are narratively odd. We wouldn’t need De Botton’s advice. Yet, I think that when we forget to mention feelings in the narration, the listener gets less engaged.

Enacting dreams, while telling them would engage anyone even if words weren’t spoken.

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