I dream every night. I often have multiple dreams each night. Unfortunately, I can only rarely remember the details of my dreams once the fog of sleep has cleared my head.
I do know that my dreams often include family members (my wife, my kids), friends, former work associates (I’m retired now), and even my pets (both current and now long gone).
But very often the protagonists (or antagonists) in my dreams are faceless. Well, they weren’t faceless in my dreams. They had faces and, in many cases, they were faces that I knew or at least recognized while in the midst of the dream.
But after I wake up and try to recall bits and pieces of my dream, it seems that I can’t recall the faces of many of the people who inhabited it. It’s as if they were faceless.
Curious, I Googled “faceless dreams.” Most sites had psychobabble about when you appear faceless in your own dreams or when others in your dreams appear faceless.
One site stated, “To dream of a faceless person represents an aspect of your personality that is undefined or undecided. Beliefs or wishes that keep changing, going in new directions, or never stay the same. You are having trouble knowing what you want or making a final decisions. Alternatively, a faceless person may reflect your feelings about an unknown future situation. Not knowing what to expect.”
But again, in my dreams every character has a face in the dream. So none of that psychobabble crap applies. It’s just that once I am awake, when I try to recall the faces of those who have been in my dreams, even in key roles, I often can’t. They are, in essence, faceless.
I wonder why that is. Does this happen to you, as well? Or can you remember every face you encounter when you dream?
Written for today’s one-word prompt, “faceless.”