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Sometimes I Dream About a Future Event, and Then It Happens to Me in Real Life. Why So?

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We have all had this experience before. You dream that something is going to happen. Within a few weeks or years, that event actually happens. Are you a psychic or is it just a coincidence? Dreaming about a future event that actually happens can be fun, but it can also be unsettling. Find out if you are actually predicting the future or not.

First, we will look at the most common reason why this happens. Even though you do not realize it, you dream multiple times every night. You only remember the dreams if you wake up at just the right time. Even then, you have to keep thinking about the dream after you wake up for it to consciously remain a part of your memory.

When something that you dreamed about actually happens, it triggers your memory. You suddenly remember the dream. While you have had thousands of dreams that did not come true, you remember this particular dream because it did happen. This is a type of selection bias where you are basically looking at the dreams that actually came true instead of all of the dreams.

There is another aspect to consider as well. You happen to know a lot about yourself. You know what your schedule is like next week, what your goals are and who you are dating. If you asked a psychic to predict your future, they would not have any of this information to work off of. You do. Since you already have a clear idea of what is happening in your life, it is much, much easier to “predict” your future. For example, let’s say that you have been dating your boyfriend for several years. Suddenly, you notice jewelry ads at the house and he seems to disappear at times. You dream that he proposes to you. Are you psychic? Probably not. Even if you did not consciously connect the dots, your subconscious mind is amazing. It saw all of the pieces of the puzzle and put them together in your dream. Your conscious mind never realized that he was going to propose, but your subconscious mind did.

Selection Bias Within Dreams

This is another common problem with dreams about a future event. People selectively remember the parts that come true, but they ignore the rest of the dream. For example, you dream that you are at your homecoming dance. Purple elephants are dancing around the room, a witch is serving coffee and Frank Sinatra is playing in the background. All of your friends are gone and you feel alone. Then, your crush asks you to dance.

In real life, you go to your homecoming dance with a bunch of friends. The latest music is playing as your friends dance and your teachers serve the drinks. Then, your crush asks you to dance. Only one part of that dream remained exactly the same, but you feel like you “predicted” the future. In reality, the majority of the dream was wrong. Other than your crush dancing with you, the only part that was true to real life was the homecoming dance itself. Since you already knew that homecoming would happen each fall, it is safe to say that you weren’t really predicting the future.

It Happens to Everyone

Everyone has had a dream like this at some point. I, like everyone else, have certainly had dreams that came true in real life. In some cases, it was even the majority of the dream that actually happened in real life. The problem with these dreams is that I already know what generally happens in my daily life and who I will be around. Even when new things happen, I could have predicted them. I have goals that I am working toward, so it makes sense that I would be aware of achieving my goals as a potential outcome.



Researchers generally say that dreaming about a future event and then having it happen is just coincidence or a type of deja vu. Most people have fairly similar schedules each day. It is highly likely that you would dream about something similar happening in the future, especially when you consider how many dreams you actually have each night.

Am I Psychic?

If you dream five times a night, remember all of them and all of them come true every day, then you are probably psychic. If not, you are probably just as normal as everyone else. It is very easy to get too engaged in your dreams. Dreams feel real. Unless you are a talented lucid dreamer, you might not even realize that you are dreaming as you dream. When you wake up, it feels like what you dreamed is a prediction of the future or some deeper insight. Normally, your dreams just reflect your subconscious mind. While it would be nice to have the power of predicting the future, this is the least likely reason for these dreams.

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