An Online Dream Database That Lets You Read People's Dreams

Sonia Weiser
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Ever wonder what other people dream about? Not just the really common dream motifs, but the exact details of what goes down in another person’s brain while they’re asleep?

The DreamBank, created by psychologists Adam Schneider and G. William Domhoff of the University of California, Santa Cruz, is a searchable database of over 20,000 “dream reports” collected from a number of sources and studies. The dreams were gathered from people ages 7–74 and were either grouped by a specific demographic ("blind males," "West Coast teenage girls") or belong to a single individual (“Toby: A friendly party animal”) who recorded and reported their dreams over a period of time. The oldest reports are from a male physiologist who recorded 86 dreams from 1897 to 1918.

While the database is intended for legitimate scientific research, it’s also a useful way to check and see if your dreams are as unique as you think. (I personally was relieved to discover that I am not the only one who has had a dream about sweeping the floor.)

The DreamBank's search engine isn't exactly intuitive, so take a few minutes to learn how to search the site. Then explore the entries to see how crazy your nocturnal adventures really are.