The Night I Made Jennifer Aniston Cry

Yep, I did.  Made her cry like a baby.  It was during an interview where I was asking her questions about what it was like to be the daughter of Dr. Phil.   I also do a pretty mean imitation of Dr. Phil too.   It was just in a dream, but that is besides the point.  I made her cry and how many people can say that.

Dreams!  Why the heck do we dream some of the nonsense we do.  I can remember it like it was real.  Jennifer was Dr. Phil’s daughter and I was asking her what it was like going through her teenage years and if Dr. Phil would analyze all her thoughts as she grew up. So whenever I would ask her a question about something Dr. Phil would say I would say it in his voice.  She got upset with me because she thought I was making fun of her Dad and started to cry.

ca. 2004 --- Dr. Phil McGraw Giving Thumbs Up --- Image by © Robert Trachtenberg/CORBIS OUTLINE

J. aniston

Now, I don’t give a lot of thought about Jennifer Aniston or Dr. Phil.  In fact I find them both a bit annoying, but why the heck would I dream about them.  I have had weird dreams in the past that when I wake up I can say – Okay I know why I dreamt that, especially after my husband and I have watched a Criminal Minds marathon on the TV, but sometimes I just wake up and think WTF.

I found these interesting facts on the internet I thought I would share.  I especially find Fact #4 amusing seeing as I have dreamt I have won money or I have become famous.  Could that be in my future?  Who knows.  I have come to the conclusion that rather than trying to analyze the Why of my dreams, I just look at them for the amusement that they really are..

Fact #1: You can’t read while dreaming, or tell the time

If you are unsure whether you are dreaming or not, try reading something. The vast majority of people are incapable of reading in their dreams. The same goes for clocks: each time you look at a clock it will tell a different time and the hands on the clock won’t appear to be moving as reported by lucid dreamers.

Fact #2: Lucid dreaming

There is a whole subculture of people practicing what is called lucid or conscious dreaming. Using various techniques, these people have supposedly learned to assume control of their dreams and do amazing things like flying, passing through walls, and traveling to different dimensions or even back in time.

Fact #3: Inventions inspired by dreams

Dreams are responsible for many of the greatest inventions of mankind. A few examples include:

  • The idea for Google -Larry Page
  • Alternating current generator -Tesla
  • DNA’s double helix spiral form -James Watson
  • The sewing machine -Elias Howe
  • Periodic table -Dimitri Mendeleyev

…and many, many more.

Fact #4: Premonition dreams

There are some astounding cases where people actually dreamt about things which happened to them later, in the exact same ways they dreamed about. You could say they got a glimpse of the future, or it might have just been coincidence. The fact remains that this is some seriously interesting and bizarre phenomena. Some of the most famous premonition dreams include:

  • Abraham Lincoln dreamt of His Assassination
  • Many of the victims of 9/11 had dreams warning them about the catastrophe
  • Mark Twain’s dream of his brother’s demise
  • 19 verified precognitive dreams about the Titanic catastrophe

Fact #5: Sleep paralysis

Hell is real and it is called sleep paralysis. It’s the stuff of true nightmares. I’ve been a sleep paralysis sufferer as a kid and I can attest to how truly horrible it is. Two characteristics of sleep paralysis are the inability to move (hence paralysis) and a sense of an extremely evil presence in the room with you. It doesn’t feel like a dream, but 100% real. Studies show that during an attack, sleep paralysis sufferers show an overwhelming amygdala activity. The amygdala is responsible for the “fight or flight” instinct and the emotions of fear, terror and anxiety. Enough said!

Fact #6: REM sleep disorder

In the state of REM (rapid-eye-movement) stage of your sleep your body is normally paralyzed. In rare cases, however, people act out their dreams. These have resulted in broken arms, legs, broken furniture, and in at least one reported case, a house burnt down.

Fact #7: Sexual dreams

The very scientifically-named “nocturnal penile tumescence” is a very well documented phenomenon. In laymen’s term it simply means that you get a stiffy while you sleep. Actually, studies indicate that men get up to 20 erections per dream.

Fact #8: Unbelievable Sleepwalkers

Sleepwalking is a very rare and potentially dangerous sleep disorder. It is an extreme form of REM sleep disorder, and these people don’t just act out their dreams, but go on real adventures at night.

Lee Hadwin is a nurse by profession, but in his dreams he is an artist. Literally. He “sleepdraws” gorgeous portraits, of which he has no recollection afterwards. Strange sleepwalking “adventures” include:

  • A woman having sex with strangers while sleepwalking
  • A man who drove 22 miles and killed his cousin while sleepwalking (how is this even possible?)
  • A sleepwalker who walked out of the window from the third floor, and barely survived

Fact #9: Dream drug

There are actually people who like dreaming and dreams so much that they never want to wake up. They want to continue on dreaming even during the day, so they take an illegal and extremely potent hallucinogenic drug called Dimethyltryptamine. It is actually only an isolated and synthetic form of the chemical our brains produce naturally during dreaming.

Fact #10 Dream-catcher

The dream-catcher is one of the most well-known Native American symbols. It is a loose web or webs woven around a hoop and decorated with sacred objects meant to protect against nightmares.

So  tonight, when you turn off your lights and roll over to get in that favorite position you usually get into, drift into dreamland knowing that when you wake up, your mind will have returned from its crazy adventure and leave you shaking your head.  Don’t sit and wonder why, sit back and enjoy it for what it was – A dream…… or was it.

 

 

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