Using Dreamboard: How to log a new dream

Pubblished by Dream Team on Dream journal How To
January 3, 2013

We designed the Dreamboard experience to make it easy to remember the details of your dreams.  That’s why the screen takes you through specific elements identified by scientists to be the most illustrative of a dream.  Dreamboard prompts you to recall the dream’s details even when you’ve just woken up. To help you do so, we break down the recollected elements of the dream such as coloring, feelings, places, symbols and objects.

First of all, Dreamboard asks you to establish your mood — a general description, in a simple 3-option scale, that Dreamboard helps you probe in the subsequent sections. Some Dreamboarders are confused about whether they should record the mood during the dream or after waking up and recollecting the dream. Since most dream recollections are in fact reverberations of the unconscious seen through a conscious lens, the answer is really an entirely personal matter, as long as you maintain a consistent approach. Generally speaking, we advise Dreamboarders to report what they sense was their overall mood as soon as they first thought about the dream.

You then choose the prevailing emotion of the dream. While you can add any emotion you’d like, Dreamboard prompts you to choose from six distinct emotions: surprise, fear, happiness, sadness, anger and disgust. These six emotions have long been cited by researchers as the basis for all human emotions, following a 1972 paper by psychologist Paul Ekman. Ekman’s emotion taxonomy is based on culturally-independent, non-verbal recognition of facial expression. This is by no means the generally accepted description of the universe of human emotions and feelings, but it a standardized approach that makes it possible to compare emotion patterns over large data sets and globally across very different cultures.

Since imagery is a key element of most dreams, colors represent a significant set of dream data do collect and study. And while research shows that the most of our dreams are in color, it is often quite difficult to recollect and capture the many shades, patterns and transitions of colors in dreams. The intent here is to allow you to log the main colors that come to mind when you think about the dream, suggesting a possible palette by giving you the option to choose among many different shades.

Your Role
Dreamboard then prompts you to state whether you are the main character in the dream. This data is relevant for determining the extent to which you tend to dream in the first person and to give you an opportuntity to explore the issue of personal identity and its fluidity.

Things, Places and People (and Symbols)
The next step is listing the things, places and people that were in your dream. Here Dreamboard gives you a lot of flexibility to include as many tags as you want that details any elements you recall from your dream; these can be anything from a flower pot to the Tower of Pisa — your kitchen to Times Square — your brother or a stranger.  If you have connected your Dreamboard account to your Facebook account, you can easily add any of your friends who were present in your dreams. This is your chance to be precise without having to write long sentences. In addition, Dreamboard treats some tags as symbols, for example water or a road, and it explains symbols and connects them to related symbols.

Oneiric weirdness is a subject that has been studied and explored since ancient times, by philosophers such as Hippocrates and Aristoteles. It is a mainstay of dream description in cognitive psychology. In dreams, the absence of stereotypy (i.e a predetermined or predictable sequence of attributes that defines a well-known context, as defined in cognitive psychology) means that no detail can be assumed or ignored. While in the real world a horse does not wear glasses and an object cannot suddenly change color, this is entirely possible in a dream. The extent to which a dream contains such incongruent situations, attributes and sequences, is the definition of its Weirdness. Dreamboard asks you to grade the level of weirdness on a scale from 1 (Not at all weird) to 5 (Extremely weird).

Your Body Presence
An important information about dreams is the degree to which you were present in the dream. Dreamboard invites you to select whether you were totally or partially present in the dream or if you were somebody else.

In this field, you can select the main themes in your dream from a preset list or you can add your own themes, like memories of youth or family relations, etc. You can think of themes as akin to a movie genre.

The final section, Narrate the Dream, is where you have the option to give the dream a descriptive title that is meaningful to you and tell the full-blown story of the dream.  This is the section for the Dreamboarders who like to write.

The Dreamboard screen appears almost exactly the same whether you record your dream in your iPhone app or your web browser.  Just in case, we’ve created a list of steps for you to follow in each application.

In Dreamboard Mobile app from your iPhone

  1. From the Settings screen, tap Journal.
  2. On the Journal screen, tap the green + sign in the upper right corner.
  3. On the Today’s Dream screen, you’ll find sections for Mood, Emotions, Colors, Your Role in the Dream, and Things, Places and People.
  4. In each of these sections, just follow the prompts to tap your selections.  By adding descriptive words and people’s names under Things, Places and People, you’ll be adding keywords that will enable you to search your journal.
  5. In the final section, Narrate the Dream, give your dream a title.  You also have the option of entering the story of your dream in as much detail as you like.  Or you can just leave it blank.
  6. Tap the Add button in the upper right corner.
  7. And you’re done!  Your dream is now logged and entered in your journal. You can add or edit any dream information by accessing your journal from the Dreamboard web site.

In Dreamboard from your web browser

  1. Click Add new dream in the upper right corner of your screen.
  2. At the box to the right of I dreamed on, click the arrow and select a date.
  3. Proceed through the sections for Mood, Emotions, Colors, Your Role in the Dream,  and People, Places and Things, clicking your selections.  You can add new emotions and by adding descriptive words and people’s names under People, Places and Things, you’ll be adding keywords that will enable you to search your journal.
  4. In addition to the basic data, you can click on Body Presence, Weirdness, Themes to open and fill in the respective sections.
  5. Add a title and type a description in the final The dream section.
  6. Click Add this dream in the lower right corner.
  7. You’re done!  Your dream is now logged and entered in your journal.

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