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I didn't notice much interest in dreams in my local community, or within my parents: although my mother tended to tell me her dreams occasionally. However, my sister and myself had a slightly larger interest in dreams or, more specifically, nightmares because one particular recurring nightmare would occur to both of us on the same nights.
The nightmares were the only real connection with dreams I had in young childhood. But this was interesting enough for me. And perhaps this grew because of my mother sharing a dream perhaps once a month. She was also given two "key to your dreams" books (the silly A-Z ones) which I enjoyed reading, and evoked much interest. Between the ages of 9-11 I used to have dreams, that I thought were precognitive dreams, about very mundane events: like the movement of a plastic carrier bag across a playground, or a particular moment that a friend threw me a ball. This raised interest in dreams too. I used to write down what I though were 'major' dreams when I was about 10 - those that mirrored my life a little. But only about 4 dreams in about 3 years. Then when I was 15, I developed interest once again when I came across a newsgroup about Lucid Dreams. This was when I started writing down my dreams properly.
Strictly harmless entertainment at first. But when I discovered Lucid Dreams I thought that they could perhaps be a tool for personal growth.
Dreams are important to me, yet I still find it hard to make sure I write down every dream every day. I have a larger interest in psychology as a whole.
I am understanding my dreams much better today (I am 17). And I still see dreams as harmless entertainment, but understand that it is possible for me to change what dreams are for depending on how I want them to be. Problem-solving dreams, wish-fulfillment, personal growth, etc.
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