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Is something psychologically wrong with me?

Asked by Tink (8668points) March 8th, 2010 from iPhone

Sometimes I know things that aren’t meant to be known. Like I know what other people are feeling and what is going to happen in an event that hasn’t came yet. Most of it happens in dreams.

On an ocassion I dreamt one of my grandmothers friends was saying goodbye to me, and when I woke up I was informed that she had passed away in a car accident at midnight.
Other things have recently occured that I had no idea what was going on and yet I knew what was the argument those people had.

EDIT: And is there something I can do to make it stop?

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Violet's avatar

sounds like you’re psychic (ESP: Extrasensory perception), and I don’t know that it can stop it.

gorillapaws's avatar

@Violet, That’s funny, I was thinking this sounds exactly like textbook confirmation bias.

DrasticDreamer's avatar

Nothing is wrong with you Miss Tink – whatever it is or isn’t. It’s a common phenomenon that has yet to be explained. Don’t be scared of it, keep an open mind.

cheebdragon's avatar

Womens intuition perhaps….?

rangerr's avatar

I love you Tinkbaby. It happens to everyone.

Violet's avatar

removed by me

rangerr's avatar

@Violet Just like yours did, right?

gorillapaws's avatar

@Violet are you being sarcastic? I’m the only one that gave a scientifically plausible explanation that indicated that Tink is perfectly normal and is making a very common error. We’re hardwired to pick up patterns in nature (even when they don’t actually exist). In evolutionary terms, it’s safer to worry there MIGHT be a lion around the corner than to assume there isn’t ergo why the human mind is fallible.

Nothing’s wrong with Tink, people (including myself) make this mental error all the time, it’s part of being human.

DrasticDreamer's avatar

… C’mon, guys…

Tink, don’t worry about it. Things like that tend to happen to everyone. Sometimes, certain people experience it more than others. Some people will tell you it’s one thing, others will say it’s something else. Whatever it is or isn’t though, don’t worry about. It’s okay, if you’re okay with it happening. And if you’re not, sometimes it will stop on its own. I could tell you about many a weird dreams that I’ve had (similar, but kind of freakier), but all is well with me. I promise you, however, that you’re perfectly perfect. :)

Violet's avatar

@gorillapaws my mistake, I thought you were attacking my comment. I removed mine.

augustlan's avatar

I totally agree with @DrasticDreamer. Whatever you call it, it happens to a lot of people (including me). You are just great, just the way you are. <3

Jewel's avatar

I had that happen to me from about age 6 until age 50. At 50 I had a severe injury and began taking medication that interfered with my sleep and I no longer have precognitive dreams. I think it is normal for some people to have experiences like this. Relax and maybe you can turn them into a positive in your life. You can also have some fun with it if you are able to accept it. Keeping a dream journal can be a great help in learnng what the dreams mean and how to deal with them.
If this is just too disruptive for you and you can’t accept it, I would suggest you do some reading about precognitive dreaming. And no, you are not mentally or psychologically ill. You are just tuned in.

Fyrius's avatar

I wonder. If you would use this phenomenon to actually predict the future, instead of looking for matches in hindsight, how often would your predictions be right?
Out of sheer curiosity, I’d second the idea of keeping a dream journal. If you write down your dreams before they can come true or not, and keep track of the score, and they really do turn out to come true significantly more often than not… you’ve got a real life superpower, mate.
And it would be enough proof to make this jaded skeptic revise his understanding of how the universe works.

If they don’t, well, then it was all in your head all this time and there’s really nothing to worry about.

Steve_A's avatar

Dream the lotto numbers and PM please :)

I think everyone has good answers, unless this is like bothering you or intruding on your life too much then I say keep it so to speak.

janbb's avatar

Hey, little penguin buddy. I have had odd perceptions and premonitions most of my life, some do actually come true, some don’t. We don’t fuly undertand how our brain works. I would just enjoy it for what it is and not worry about it. Keep your flippers up, tink!

Cruiser's avatar

Don’t question it just embrace your gift and I for one would not want to turn off this ability. Scientifically speaking it is a form of Clairvoyance. Try meditating to see if you can amplify your gift.

Fyrius's avatar

“Scientifically speaking”
There’s nothing scientific about ESP.

Cruiser's avatar

@Fyrius Sure there is…just google it! Try looking up Wooo while you are at it!

Your_Majesty's avatar

Probably just a coincidence(unless it happens more than once).

Fyrius's avatar

(googles ESP)
Like I said. There’s nothing scientific about ESP. Though there’s much that is pseudoscientific about it.
I know it’s easy to get the two confused, but you can tell them apart because one tries to be intellectually honest, while the other is about as objective as the Vatican.

And 420chan’s wrestling board is very interesting, I’m sure.

Cruiser's avatar

@Fyrius Nobody has been able to prove it doesn’t exist…kinda like the “God” existing thing.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

Maybe you should try to get in touch with others who have this ability :)

Dog's avatar

I have it too Tink. I get people saying goodbye and sometimes know when things are coming.

A while back I had a boyfriend who loved the music of Stevie Ray Vaughan. When he told me I said “Isnt that the guy who died in the air crash?” My boyfriend was indignant as he corrected me and said was alive and well.

Two days later Vaughan died in an air crash.

Aside of the fact that the guy stopped asking me out I see no harm in having it. Keep in mind though that you do not have to tell people about the visions and if you do be sure to gauge the damage it may do to the person or how they might take it. I got the really odd feeling from that boyfriend that he felt I somehow caused the air crash by predicting it.

I also have vivid dreams where I can talk to my first husband. (he died young) and they are always comforting and interesting.

So unless you are getting terrors from them consider them a good thing.

Fyrius's avatar

We’re drifting off-topic. As a reminder, what we were talking about what your using the words “scientifically speaking” and “clairvoyance” in one sentence.

But here’s some rational thought 101 for you: the fact that something is not impossible is not a reason to believe it’s true. If it would, I’d like to know why you do not believe in an army of purple albatrosses with oxygen masks living in a circus tent made of interwoven paperclips on the other side of the moon. Wearing silly hats.
Science does not have a responsibility to debunk every far-fetched load of drivel people manage to drool out, it’s up to the droolers to make a case for their idea first, showing it to be at least plausible. If they can’t do that, that means the idea is not even worth considering.
Much like that “god” thing indeed.

And as a matter of fact, we are able to prove it doesn’t exist. It’s very simple. You just have to round up some alleged clairvoyants and a group of random normal people, ask them to predict the outcome of a dice roll, and see if the clairvoyants do any better than people who just guess.
And I’m pretty sure that’s been done plenty of times.
I know it’s been done for dowsing. It didn’t hold up.

Cruiser's avatar

@Fyrius If I let on that I actually believed in an army of purple albatrosses with oxygen masks living in a circus tent made of interwoven paperclips on the other side of the moon I would have a much harder time convincing you that scientifically speaking Tink may have a form of clairvoyance working there.

OpryLeigh's avatar

I know how you feel. I have had many dreams that have come true either the next day or within the next few days. Not all my dreams are like this but it happens enough to make me scared to go to sleep because I don’t want to dream. Everytime I have a dream that makes me uncomfortable I spend the next few days terrified that it will come true. If you find a way to stop it, please let me know.

Fyrius's avatar

(looks around on Google Scholar some more)
“Recent moon expeditions have stumbled upon various metal wire constructions on the east coast of Mare Tranquilitatis, as well as several oxygen masks and a few silly hats.”Frood et al. 2009: Paperclip Circus Tents and their Implications for Lunar Albatrology

Well, I’ll be buggered.

Thanks for your PM, @Cruiser. I’ll be taking off my serious hat now.

kevbo's avatar

My sister believes she has that ability as well as her 3 yo daughter.

Honestly, I don’t know whether there’s anything to this, but there’s also belief in “crystal” and “indigo” children which are said to be highly intuitive youngsters. You might read up on that and see if it fits, but don’t take me as an authority.

thriftymaid's avatar

In my unprofessional opinion no psychological problem. I think most people get a little spooked when it feels like they knew the future. And, I think most people experience it, some more than others. I’ve experienced it many times myself. I won’t go into all of the experiences but I have often felt that it was an intervention to protect either me or someone else. An example would be me slamming on my car brakes for no reason right before a child flew out of a driveway on his bike right in front of me.

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